Harry Potter world continued

The Niffler likes shiny objects. Nadia made it out of clay and painted him. Isn’t he cute? As soon as he came alive, he went after all the shiny objects he could find.

Here’s the Hogwarts sorting hat. Nadia modeled it with clay and felt and then painted it brown. I love the eyes and the mouth 🙂

Here she is working on a mandrake that she plans to later place in a pot! It’s made out of papier mache pieces held together with painters tape.

She’s working on potion bottles now…all different sorts. Polyjuice, felis felicis, vampire and unicorn blood, essence of murtlap and many more.

What a creative and active mind this one has 🙂



Harry Potter creations

It’s been two weeks of Harry Potter creations…up in the attic with clay, paint, sticks, hot glue and what not! Here is Harry’s snitch, the one he almost swallowed. Made out of clay, painted golden and has two features that help it fly so fast.

A miniature firebolt, made of sticks and paper painted brown. Note the footrests, this is the fastest broom in the wizarding world.

Meet the bowtruckle, Pickett. He’s made of clay and then painted brown. He loves to ride on Nadia’s shoulder or stay warm in her shirt collar.

So many more ideas and so many projects…and so little time.



Spring has cometh

Spring is finally here in Milwaukee…we kicked it off with the first ride of the summer.


So happy to see Reggie after a long winter…here’s hoping Reggie feels the same way 🙂


Going for ballet class without a jacket also was good fun…Nadia picked some weeds and skipped around the backyard before class.

Finally a swing in the hammock…because we finally can 😃

Here’s to sunny days and great weather!

Enjoy your weekend.



Origami fun

We got some cool colorful origami paper…

Nadia picked a red, several folds later…

Two cute dogs…

Moving on to mice bookmarks…

Cutting out the ears…

Then on to some different dogs…

And then some swords for the knight…

Aren’t the mice cute?

Here is our basket of goodies 🙂

Have a creative week!



Monster hooks

Nadia can’t reach the closet hangers so she decided to make some coat hooks herself.

Introducing Monster hooks…

She drew some monsters…

Here are the sketches…

Now let’s paint…those are some crazy monsters 😃

Then add on some clothespins…

Here is how they came out…a job well done!

Have a great week.



Learning to draw

Lately Nadia has been busy teaching herself to draw. It all started with her asking Nayeem to help with drawing a wolf. Nayeem went to youtube for help and the saga of “How to draw a …” was born.


So that’s what she does all week. How to draw a dog, tiger, wolf, horse etc. She picks videos which are a max of 8 minutes in length and then pauses and plays and follows through. I am simply amazed at the quality of her drawings and the plethora of tools available online.


We can no longer complain…we have access to a ton of resources!


I am also amazed at her patience…the 8 min videos really mean she takes about 25-30 mins to complete a drawing. This tiger for instance, took her around 45 mins.



Howling wolves are her favorite!


Also I am loving her growing independence but also missing our art/craft yesterdays 😦


Have a great week!



Oscillating woodpecker

You all remember the woodpecker on the pole example from our childhood. We decided to try the same thing with paper and an elastic band. Nadia drew and colored the woodpecker.


Here it is all cut out and ready…


We then stuck a little bit of a plastic straw and put the elastic band through it.




How does this work? Our woodpecker gains potential gravitational energy as we lift it to the top of the rubber band. Once it starts going, the potential energy is converted to kinetic (moving) energy.

Pretty cool huh?


Have a great week.

Best regards,


Cloud in a vase

This is a real cool experiment to teach kids about clouds and rain. Some water in a jar with shaving cream on top of it, to simulate air and some clouds and then some colors…that’s all you need.


After using the dropper to drop about 30 drops, the red color finally made it through as rain from the clouds…


Some more red…


Quite fascinating to watch…


And pretty to photograph too…


Learning and having fun, the best combination…


Have a great week!