Heart Weaving

Heart Weaving

The Heart Weaving

Do you have pile of used wrapping paper ? Let’s ask our children to use it to make heart weaving. In order to make it we need:

  • Used card/ wrapping paper ( The size of the card in the picture is 5.7inch x 4.3 inch)

The Card

  • Paper strips from used wrapping paper (The width size of the paper strips in the picture is 1cm)

The Paper Strips

  • Glue
  • Cutter

How to make it:

  • Put the card in portrait. Spare 1 cm space from the top and the bottom of the card. Draw 18 vertical lines with the space length of each lines is 0.5 cm.
  • Slice the lines with cutter.
  • Slip the paper strip underneath the columns on the card and show :
    • The first paper on the 9th column (whether from left or right of the card).
    • The second paper on the 8th, 9th and 10th columns
    • The third paper on the 7th until the 11th columns
    • The fourth paper on the 6th until the 12th columns
    • The fifth paper on the 5th until the 13th columns
    • The sixth paper on the 4th until the 14th columns
    • The seventh paper on the 3rd until the 8th columns, slip underneath the 9th column, and show it again on the 10th until the 15th
    • The eighth paper on the 2nd until the 7th columns, slip underneath the 8th until 10th columns, and show it again on the 11th until the 16th
    • The ninth paper on the 1st until the 6th columns, slip underneath the 7th until the 11th columns, and show it again on the 12th until the 17th
    • The tenth paper on the 2nd until the 5th columns, slip underneath the 6th until the 12th columns, and show it again on the 13th until the 16th
    • The last on the 3rd until the 4th columns, slip underneath the 5th until the 13th columns, and show it again on the 14th until the 15th
  • Flip the card and glue the paper strips onto the card.
  • The heart weaving is done.

 

The heart weaving can be use for many kinds of purpose such as:

  • Greeting card: To make it as a card, just paste blank paper on to the back of the heart weaving. Use it to write the greetings
  • Book cover decoration: Just paste the card onto a book cover.
  • As a wall decoration: Just frame the card and hang it on to the wall.

The heart weaving is great for children age 5 years old and above as it requires medium fine motor muscles and pattern mastery.

Happy weaving!

Thinking Out of The Toy Factory’s Instruction

In holiday time, children stay at home all day long. It’s nice having them around. However, we sometimes hear our children whining and say,”I’m bored!” When we hear it, we may think how come they are bored with all the toys they have. Then we say to them to play with their toys but they refuse to do so and keep whining. And this starts to annoy us but we don’t know what to do.

A Bored Girl

To solve the problem, we need to think why our children don’t want to play their toys. When they are like this, they actually run out of ideas of what to do with their toys. They need new idea to play the toys they have. If this happens, what should we do? It’s easy! Just create new games with the toys they have.

For example, they have playdough and they have played it based on the instruction given by the factory. This is the time when they will be bored. Therefore, show them new ideas of making things with the playdough such as using cookie cutters to make new shapes/things which are different with the one provided in the playdough toy, creating animals, fruit and so much more. And this will make them be excited to play the playdough again.

It’s simple, isn’t it? So next time our children say that they are bored, don’t worry. Here what we can do:

  • Just be creative!

Think of more ideas than the original ones shown in the toys instructions. If we can’t think of ideas, just browse them online.

  • Show our children the new ideas and play with them for a while.

When we do this, they definitely will follow us. Later on, they will have their own ideas. Once they have those, they won’t let us to play. They will just ask us to watch them and see their creation. When they do this, we can just enjoy and relax.

  • Praise our children for the creation they have made.

This is an important part because our appraisal will make them want to create more. With many ideas in their mind they need to create, they won’t be bored at all

There you go! By thinking out of the toy factory’s instruction, children will be stimulated to be creative, so they won’t feel bored at all. And this will give us time to do our own activities or just relax watching our children play and grow by it.