Since gor gor started his primary journey, his time is always spent around homework, English spelling, Chinese 听写 and preparation for the many many mini tests. No matter what, I would still try my best to squeeze in some mini art and craft time for the kids to stimulate their brains and to keep their creativity juice flowing. Academy may be important, but art and craft is as important in building a kid’s brain. It allows them to think creatively with an open mind.
This October, we embarked on a bigger art and craft project, THE ICE-CREAM, instead of a mini one because is children’s day! Why I mentioned big is because it took them days to complete.
Here’s what you need for the project:
– cardboard (cereal box or tissue box will do)
– white glue
– tempera paint or any other poster paint
– aluminium foil
– coloured paper cut into small pieces
– pom pom balls
Looked easy huh? So why do we need so many days? Read on…
1. We cut out the cardboard to make into this shape.
2. Shred newspaper into “slices”. Let the kids do it as they love tearing things up, aren’t they? Smarties were having fun ripping and tearing up the newspaper. Tearing of the newspaper actually can be really satsifying. It enhances their motor skills and allowing them to release any negative emotions at the same time.
3. Make a batter using flour, water and white glue, just like the tempura batter used for frying food. Mix the shredded newspaper into it. The batter acts like a glue and stick the shredded newspaper onto the box. They love this part as they got to get their hands dirty and messy as well…
4. Stick the newspaper onto the cardboard and let it dry for a day.
5. Get some aluminium foil and crushed it into a ball and stick the newspaper on it too (another hand exercise to train their motor skills). Same as the cardboard, let dry for a day. This will be the ice-cream.
Smarties made 3 scoops of ice-cream each.
6. Once the cardboard and the scoops of ice-cream are fully dry. Kids can start adding colours to it by painting and wait for it to dry again…yes…is waiting time again…
If you noticed, they were sharing the colours. A good chance to learn about collaboration and sharing during this time. Not forgetting a good chance of bonding between them.
7. Once the paint is dry. Decoration and toppings are next!
Spread some “chocolate syrup” (mixture of glue and brown paint) on top of the “ice-cream”…
sprinkled some “rainbow rice on it” (coloured paper cut into small pieces)…
and, finally, add a cherry (pompom balls) on each scoop of ice-cream.
Check out our ice-cream! Isn’t it entertaining and messy while creating it? Smarties enjoyed the process lots and they were really proud of their final results. It’s a great confidence booster for them.
On top of that, this project took them days to complete, as it required many times of drying and waiting, it was a good chance for them to demonstrate self control and patience. With so many benefits from it, who wouldn’t want to join in? 🙂
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Cute!! My eldest says it looks like takoyaki – those Japanese octopus balls. haha.
haha…can change it to takoyaki too! No problem!
Nice! Seems like my toddler can do that too! Where do you usually get them to keep all these handicraft they have made? Mine already have many from school and I cant bear to throw them away but there’s so many of them!
Vivien ( Beautiful Chaos )
I used to keep till I have no more space to keep anymore. Now I only keep the latest few. As for the older ones, I will take pictures of them then throw it away…
Your activities for the smarties are always super fun! I love the skeleton one, and then came along this ice-cream session… certainly very messy but really very fun la!
Thank you Jacqualine! It has to be fun in order to engage them but tough job for mama…haha…
Frankly speaking, I enjoyed the learning process with them and I get to learn together with them too 😉
Love how you relate each step (waiting, tearing etc) to molding of kids’ characters (patience, release negative energy) !
The ice cream looks nice, will recommend my kids to do too 🙂
Haha…thanks, Andy! Highly recommended as it keeps them occupied for days!
Just yesterday I saw my daughter doing something of this sort with one balloon! It is always fun to give them glue, papers, colors and let them explore…and mess!
Yes, can use balloon too! Kids can use anything and everything to create something. Their imagination is limitless… 😉
Wow! What a good craft idea. Helps to teach patience and sharing. Thanks for sharing this idea.
Interesting!! I have tried making ice cream in a box with my son sometime back.
I’m impressed that your kids can wait patiently for their product to be completed. Thumbs up for that!