Art Attack

Since I believe in the importance of art in a child’s development, art work has been a major part of my children’s upraising. One of the things that I work on with my children is having them explore their bodies through art.

creativity

As we have just returned from our summer break, we were only able to sketch and scratch a few scribbles on paper. Yet starting this week, I set a schedule where every Sunday we will have a session of art attack.

In her article “The Importance of Art in Child Development”, Grace Lynch states seven development benefits to art. She strongly believes that “simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development.”

I will briefly summarize only four of the main points and I recommend you read the whole article as well. (www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-importance-of-art-in-child-development )

Motor Skills:

As per Ms. Lynch, holding a paint brush or scribbling with a crayon helps in developing a child’s fine motor skills. Moreover, the use of scissors is essential as it develops the dexterity children will need for writing.

Language Development:

When children make art and they try to explain what they did, they are expressing themselves and learning how to communicate. In addition, their vocabulary is also increasing.

Decision Making:

Art education strengthens problem-solving and critical- thinking skills. As the child is indulged with an art piece, he/she is working on certain decisions as to what colors need to be used, how to make certain drawings, etcetera.  “If they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a chance to blossom,” says MaryAnn Kohl, an arts educator and author of numerous books about children’s art education.

Improved Academic Performance:

Recent studies show that there is a correlation between art and other academic achievements. Children, who are regularly subjected to art work at an early age show more involvement in participating in a math or science fair, or win an award for writing a poem or an essay.

chef doeuvre

Below are the art activities for the twins which will be carried out early on Sunday mornings:

Free style Painting:

This is quite a messy activity, but it is real fun. I did it with the twins in the kitchen where it is easy to clean after.

Materials

  • Different A3 white paper taped on the floor
  • Paint
  • Plates and brushes

raphy paint

Directions

  1. Dribble paint onto the plates. Use several different colors.
  2. Have your child explore using his/her body – mainly hands and  feet – and his/her senses to discover the paint on his/her own. if the child is not comfortable, using a paint brush comes in handy.
  3. Allow the painting to dry.

dahlia paint

Cork Printing:

Materials

  • Wine bottle corks
  • Liquid tempera paint in a shallow pan
  • Paper

Directions

  1. Let your child grasp the cork at one end and hold it upright.
  2. Press the cork into the paint then onto a piece of paper or newsprint.
  3. If you like, use tempera paint in several different colors.

Bubble Wrap Printing:

I love this activity as it shows the child how he/she can leave trace or prints behind him/her. It also works on the sense of touch as the child explores the cool and soft effect of the bubble wrap around his/her tiny cute feet.

red prints

Materials

  • Bubble wrap packing material
  • Tape
  • Liquid tempera paint (several different colors)
  • Paintbrush
  • A3 paper taped on the floor

Directions

  1. Tape the bubble wrap around the feet of your child (I kept their shoes on)
  2. By using a brush, have his/her feet painted then have him/her walk around the A3 paper until he/she loses interest.

blue foot

Foot Tracing:

This is a fun and kind of neat art activity. It makes the child visualize the differences of sizes and words like big, medium, small can be focused on.

Materials

  • Drawing paper
  • Crayons, markers, or paints

Directions

  1. Have your child stand on a piece of paper while you trace around his/her feet with a pen or crayon.
  2. Then trace your own feet and/or siblings’ feet and compare sizes.
  3. Color the feet with crayons, markers, or paints.
  4. Older children may want to use crayons, markers, or paint to add nail polish and funny rings to the toes.

Pasta Art:

This activity involves fine motor skill development and it also teaches a toddler about patience. If your child is likely to eat the glue-covered noodles, substitute corn syrup thinned with a little water for the glue. Many toddlers, on the other hand, might enjoy just playing with the warm pasta shells which is also part of discovery.

Materials

  • White glue (or corn syrup)
  • Food coloring in 2-3 different colors
  • Containers for glue
  • Cooked pasta shells
  • cardboard

Directions

  1. Decide how many colors of glue you want to make, and pour the glue into that many containers.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring to each glue container, using a different color for each container.
  3. Show your child how to dip the pasta shells, one piece at a time, into the colored glue, and lay it on the cardboard.
  4. Repeat, using different colors of glue, until your child tires of this activity.

pikasso

There are millions of art ideas found on the web, but I would love to hear from you by sharing your own personal experience with us.

While my children and I do art, we feel relaxed, composed and serene. These are great characteristics children can try to acquire at an early age. Art work is in fact a great evolving pleasure.

art finding

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“HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY”

Exactly a year ago, I eagerly hit the PUBLISH button to issue out my first post, not knowing where I will be heading or how my blog will flourish. Well, as you can see today we celebrate thehelicoptermommy’s First Anniversary, and I say “WE” here as all of you have been part of my journey. My dear followers, likers, readers, close relatives, true friends, my always encouraging parents, my cherished siblings, not to forget of course my beloved husband and my adorable kids. You have all contributed in making me enjoy my trip as I shared my humble experience with you. You have encouraged me to move on with a dream, a light, and maybe a glowing future later on…

me 1sr anni

Today as I blow out our first candle, I know that its flame will reside in me forever. That flame will continue to glow and enlighten my way.

For today I thought of sharing five facts about me which some of you might know:

  • I adore children. Well maybe that clarifies how we got five of them.
  • Reading and writing create my sanctuary. Books simply quench my thirst and take me to another world out of the ordinary, and having my thoughts pour down in front of me makes me feel fulfilled.
  • I love change and I find it healthy. So you would be seeing me doing simple and small changes at home every now and then.
  • I always work on improving myself and mainly on educating my mind, so I do hope I reach to that elevated and profound level one day.
  • I have a great passion to help others and it gives me a great satisfaction to know that I did; whether it is with family, friends, students, colleagues. It simply makes me feel full.

me reading

For our first anniversary, we will be hosting our first event on October 3rd, 11:00 A.M. at SILKOR Khalidiya Branch, Abu Dhabi.

It is our honour to have Mrs. Rasha Mardam Bey, a Relationship Coach and a mother of four to share her expertise with us. Mrs. Mardam Bey will discuss, guide us, and share with us certain strategies which can help in managing our anger when we are confronted with issues related to our precious children. I believe that by setting the good example for them, we are indirectly coaching them into controlling their anger as well.

racha

Silkor Laser Medical Center specializing in laser treatments, medical-aesthetic services, slimming treatments, and facial skin therapies will also pamper you my dear moms with vouchers and prizes.

silkor

Finally, it will be my pleasure to have you taste my homemade cookies along with a cup of coffee during these two hours.

To be able to join this special event:

For my current followers:

  1. Share or repost your favourite blog post on one of your social media accounts. (Facebook or Instagram)
  2. Briefly explain why you chose it.
  3. Make sure to tag @thehelicoptermommy.
  4. Register your name and contact number at Marketinguae@silkor.com under the subject Anger Management

For my new followers do at least one of the following steps:

  1. Follow me on wordpress.com www.thehelicoptermommy.wordpress.com
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  3. Like my Facebook page thehelicoptermommy.

Of course, you also need to register your name and contact number under the subject Anger Management at Marketinguae@silkor.com

Looking forward to meeting you so that together we can learn new aspects on parenting!

 

Practical Nursery Ideas

Decorating my home is a pleasure as it gives me the chance of being creative and set an environment which suits my character.

Although the twins are now almost 18 months old, I decided to share with you what I did in their nursery. I wanted to display the easiness of changing a nursery into a toddlers’ bedroom where they can still play and sleep in the same place.

Once I knew I had a set of boy and girl twins, I mainly decided on establishing earth colors with light beige, off-white along with pastel colors.

The good thing is that the twins’ room was big enough to install all the furniture I needed to use. When it comes to buying furniture for any nursery, I believe that the simpler you make it the better it looks, which reminds me of a French proverb, “La simplicite fait la beaute”. At the same time, I am a very practical person. Thus utile ideas suit me well.

Setting your mind on a specific theme for the nursery, helps you to narrow your research and to avoid purchasing furniture you might not use at all.

Furniture:

First and foremost buy the essential items that are needed: a cot, a changing table, and a rocking chair or even a sofa bed depending on your usage and budget.

This time, I chose white furniture because I wanted to rely more on the accessories to highlight the boy-girl theme. I also enjoy being in a luminous room as the sun rays fill my heart with joy, and what would a mom of five need but happiness to establish a blissful home?

For the changing table, I bought a few baskets where I kept diapers, cotton pads, sanitary gel, small towels, socks, shoes, bibs, and any other item that can be of handy while I changed for the twins. The good thing about the changing table is that it can be easily transformed into a cabinet where the twins, now use it to store books, toys, and playthings.

nursery 5

For the mattresses (which are covered by a special blanket to avoid soiling them in case of vomit and/or from soiled diapers), I purchased two sets of fitted sheets; one that is light pink and the other white. I also got two bumpers that covered the cot from all sides; one that is chequered pink and the other one chequered blue. Each bumper has two tiny birds on the front side.

cots

We changed those practical baby cots which have three different levels into tiny cute beds.The twins simply love the new freedom they have been given.

dwarf beds

Finally, I bought a beige L-shaped sofa bed, as I knew that I will be spending many hours during the night while feeding the twins, and I had to rest between feeds. Now we spend a lot of time sitting on it as I read stories for them.

sofa bedFlooring:

I decided on having a cherry brown wooden flooring, instead of putting a carpet since dust easily nestles itself in textile. The contrast of the dark wooden floor with the white furniture gave the room an atmosphere of warmth and serenity.

Walls:

I had the walls painted off-white, and put a striped beige and white wall paper on the biggest wall of the room. On the right side of that same wall, I had a white shelf where I displayed a white dress and a white shirt. On the top of it, there is a frame with small birds covering the whole border. On the left side, I put a cuckoo clock to set along with the two birdies theme.

nursery 3 (2)      wall shelf

Accessories:

In addition to the light blue and pink colors, I introduced the green pastel in the frames that hang up on the other wall. White crochet cushions are placed in one corner of the sofa bed, with two smaller ones that have birds of different pastel colors.  The chandelier is composed of off-white textile that surrounds each bulb.

 nursery 1 wall mirror

I also got them multiple baskets which at first were filled with basic clothes items and diapers. Now they are filled with toys, books, and stacking cups. I had them personalized, at Pottery Barn Kids, where later on each one of them can keep his/her stuff.

baskets dolls

Curtains:

The curtains were the last item I put in the nursery. Again, I chose off-white for striped vanishing blinds that are made of fabric. I went for simple ones as I only wanted to create some darkness in the room when it was time for sleep. During the day, I prefer to open them a bit to have the sunrays enter through the windows.

nursery 4

Interior decoration is a personal touch, and every person has her own taste, yet getting ideas always helps in developing one’s thoughts.  Finally, here is a picture on the day the twins arrived home. It is amazing how you completely forgot how small they were…

raphy baby home

Italian Flan

The Italian mood still lingers in me, and for today I will share with you the following Italian recipe which we have enjoyed during our stay at mommy’s house. Like all my other recipes, this one is also easy and deliciously mouth-watering.

pie

Ingredients:

20 grams butter, melted                                        
2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium onions, thinly sliced                               
6 eggs slightly beaten

¾ cups grated parmesan cheese                           
 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon shredded fresh basil

veggie basket

onions basil

Method:

Using a brush, grease a round cake or pie pan with the melted butter and set aside.

Heat oil in another pan and add the onions.

Cook while stirring until the onions are soft.

Set aside to cool.

onions and eggs

Combine, eggs, basil, cheese, zucchini, and onions in a bowl and mix well.

Pour mixture into prepared pan.

Bake in moderate oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and set. And that is it.
This flan is very appealing if you are hosting a brunch. Bon appetit!

eaten pie