Sailing the high seas

This one took us the entire weekend. I spent one night just measuring and cutting. I downloaded the template for the ship online…one of those pinterest links that I have saved and forgotten about long back. Nadia and I hot-glued the pieces together.

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Of course Nadia’s ship has to have a dinosaur figurehead and tail.

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We added 2 cardboard pieces in the center and cut a hole through for our sails/flagpost.

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We also added a seat and a helm at the front.

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Nadia picked the colors and painted the entire ship.

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She also painted the sail. For the flag, I drew a t-rex and she colored the flag green.

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We finally put them all together and her ship was ready to take on passengers and sail…Alas bedtime cometh too soon.

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Nadia has gotten very interested in photography so last week I got her a Fuji XP camera. It is water-proof and shock-proof. We shall see if it stands the test.

Here is Nadia taking a picture of our fine creation before heading upstairs.

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Have a great week!

Cheers,

Aruna

Raksha bandhan

We made a couple of rakhis today. Some strands of ribbon, felt, a couple of stickers and glue. Nadia cut circles and a triangle out of the felt.

DSCF2863Here are our pieces for the rakhi.

DSCF2853Nadia glued them all together.

DSCF2856DSCF2857DSCF2864And here are our pretty rakhis. Why two? So I explained the concept of Raksha-Bandhan to her. It is a festival to celebrate the relationship between a brother and sister. The sister ties the Rakhi around the wrist of the brother and the brother in turn vows to protect her and be there for her. So of course, Ozzie-dada fits that bill perfectly. He is her brother and also protects her…hence two Rakhis ๐Ÿ™‚

DSCF2865Here’s Nadia with her Rakhi…she loves it.

DSCF2866And here is the attempt to put Ozzie-dada’s Rakhi on.

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Ozzie seems to be giving me the “Really mom, you’re going to take a picture and let me go through this?”.

DSCF2870Ozzie’s Rakhi stayed on for about 10 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great weekend.

Cheers,

Aruna

Happy Onam

India has so many festivals to celebrate…the best way to expose Nadia to India’s diversityย is through arts and crafts.

I took this opportunity of telling her about Kerala, Onam and King Mahabali. We made a quick sketch to commemorate the festival. I drew the outline of the Kathakali dancer and Nadia colored with markers.

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DSCF2862Hoping to one day take her to Kerala and see a live Kathakali performance together.

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Happy Onam to everyone.

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Shadow box

We started out with a theater box in mind, which turned into a shadow box. I cut a cardboard box up and Nadia helped decorate this.

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We gave her theater company a name too – NAS Productions (Nadia Anu Sayed).
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We then cut out characters and stuck them to popsicle sticks to make our puppets.

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Tonight at bedtime, Nayeem surprised her with an awesome story about Mowgli (The Jungle Book). She was blown out of her mind when she saw it in action.

Nayeem has on a headlamp as the light source.

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Nayeem was super excited too. We plan to cut out more characters and make this a weekly routine.

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Day in the city

Our discussion on the drive back home usually is about what kind of “activity” we will be doing once we get home. So by the time we are home and Nadia has had a snack we are ready to get going. Today, we decided to make a road for cars.

I cut out some black foam strips and Nadia painted yellow lines on them. This became our 2-way highway.

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Next, we created some buildings to depict cities that we will be driving past. Nadia painted some cardboard rolls and drew some windows on them. Cutting slits we created a stack of high-rises.

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Next, Nadia put them all together. The roads, the high-rises…she brought in her paper trees, the skateboard. I just love how she brings in all her hand-made toys to put scenes together.

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I am enjoying photographing these details so much.

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Wonder what’s on her mind here?

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Just look at that high-rise!!

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After dinner, she played with the new set. She was just getting into a high-speed cop car chase when alas…time for bed. She went to sleep announcing that she plans to eat breakfast quick tomorrow so she can get in a few minutes of play before we head to school. We shall see ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Back to school

Since it is back to school week, we decided to do something school-related. Recycled a cardboard box as a school building. A door, 2 windows, Nadia gave it a coat of paint, and black paint for the chalkboard.

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Here are some details for our classroom. A few posters for the wall – positive thoughts for the day.

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Here’s a look at the classroom walls.

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Here’s to hours of pretend play for children and adults alike.

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Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

 

The Beatles

Growing up (and even now) the Beatles are my favorite band. With Nayeem traveling all week, Nadia and I got a lot more alone time than usual. We listened to “The Beatles” all evening. All you need is love – is her favorite song now.

So I decided hey why not make a craft of it while listening to them.

So here are the four of them Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr. Hopefully they are recognizable ๐Ÿ™‚

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I drew them onto the sticks and Nadia colored with markers.

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Here they are, as they arrived in 1964 at JFK ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna