Library Finds #7: The Little Zebra Who Lost His Stripes by Jedda Robaard

This is a simple story of a zebra who lost his stripes and went looking for it in all sorts of places. It’s also a lift up the flap kind of book as the reader searches where the stripes could be. The stripes were eventually found when…. the zebra took a bath! Ha!

I accompanied the book with a simple craft. Basically R had to paste the stripes of the zebra onto the picture I drew and that was that. Easy enough for a toddler to handle and minimal mess. 



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Valentine’s Day Craft: Heart and Star Stamping

January was a time for us to settle into a new routine and generally start afresh. The month flew by and now we’re into February. And just like that, a few new festivities are soon approaching.

Here’s an easy Valentine’s Day craft that R did together with me. The variation can be tweaked to whatever product, be it a card or a poster or a little art piece to be hung on the wall.

I carved out a heart shape on a carrot and since I had some ladyfingers in the fridge, I thought why not two shapes. Why limit ourselves to just the heart. With some paint and paper, he went stamping away until he decided mixing colours was more fun. Whichever way, it’s still something that was fun and from the heart.

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Here’s him mixing colours and learning to stamp.

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The end products on paper and paper plates. I intend to paste a little ribbon on the back of the paper plates so that they can be hung. I had accidentally poured out too much paint too so that’s how we ended up with so a few variations.

Try it and have fun! 🙂

Sea Creatures Crafts #4: Starfish

One fine morning when R was throwing multiple tantrums (oh terrible twos!), I quickly did an outline of a starfish on paper and I intended for him to do whatever he wanted with it. He could colour or paste stickers or cut out paper, it was free for him to choose.

At that moment I had some star stickers and I passed them to him. He sticked one or two before his attention got diverted to something else. So then on another day when he was bored, I took the incomplete starfish and threw some paper and glue hoping he’d paste them.

I realized I needed to keep working on his fine motor skills and his lack of attention and focus. I guess doing such crafts needs some patience especially since he wasn’t used to the idea. Nevertheless, I’ve put all of the crafts on the wall and I’m glad that he’s been able to identify these animals pretty well.

That’s also about it for our sea creatures theme. Now onto the next series of crafts.

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Sea Creature Craft 3: Jellyfish

Our third sea creature craft was the jellyfish! Again, like the fish, I outlined the top of the jellyfish on paper and cut out some wriggly tentacles on coloured paper. I was hoping he’d paste them and colour it. Unfortunately though he was very impatient and didn’t get the concept of applying glue then sticking. So i did most of it, showing him how it’s done and talking the process through with him. I will try this again in time to come.

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Sea Creatures Craft #2: Crab

This was truly quick and easy. The idea came from pictures I saw on the net so I shan’t take any credit for me. I really liked how it looked at the end of it.

Fold a coloured paper into half, trace your hand then cut it along the line and finally, open it. Draw some eyes and you’ve got a crab!

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Sea Creatures Craft #1: Fish

During the early days of my maternity leave, I planned some crafts to do with R when the little baby was asleep. I needed to devote some attention to him to keep him occupied even if it was for a couple of minutes.

Being a non-craft person, I looked up on Google and Pinterest for some thematic ideas. So I began with sea creatures and the first craft was a fish.

I simply drew an outline of the fish on white paper and cut out some circles on coloured paper. The preparation took less than 5 minutes. All R needed to do was paste the circles which would then look like scales of the fish.

He started out being excited with pasting the first few circles and then got bored. So mama here had to continue with the rest. I must say the end product looked quite cute. I’d probably try this again when he’s more comfortable using glue and pasting it on his own.

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Christmas crafts #3

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This simple craft is pretty easy but with paint involved, it can get messy. This activity was done mainly by R. I only drew out the Christmas tree and he did the rest with his finger.

These can be cut out and hung on your own tree or as gift tags or as Christmas cards.

I managed to contain the mess because I was holding his finger and dotting the paper. After awhile he knew what was expected and did some on his own. He seemed really pleased with his work at the end of it.