Homework #2: Recycled Pets

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On the week before theย Halloweenย break, Yui’s teacher gave out their second homework. It was sort of challenging and will require team work. The instructions were for them to think of what they want for a pet. It can be a real pet (dog, cat, etc) or an imaginary one (dog with wings, swimming cat). The whole family will then have to create a 3D version of that pet using recycled materials such as loose cloth, cotton balls, toilet paper roll and others.

Picking what pet to do is a no-brainer. I even felt that I didn’t have to explain it in the “How did you come up with this pet?” field in the assignment form. When asked what she wants, Yui immediately hopped excitedly and yelled “bunny!” Need I say more? ๐Ÿ™‚

I searched the web for ideas on how to build our bunny. Good thing, the bunny is very popular as there are a lot of sites for easter bunny crafts. However, I don’t have felt and other materials that I saw in the online instructions. I was supposed to make our bunny using toilet paper roll but then remembered Yui’s old bunny socks.

Bunny socks

Yui’s old bunny socks

I dug up the old socks from Yui’s cabinet and we started making our bunny. Yui enthusiastically placed the cotton inside the socks and picked the cotton buds to be used for the bunny’s legs. It was so easy to do that I even felt a tinged of guilt for not having to spend too much effort on the homework. Well it called for recycled materials and the old sock is recycled so technically, it is still a valid assignment, right?

Here’s our finished Bunny Pet Model:

The Bunny

To make the bunny pet model:

1. Get an old sock with a bunny face design.

2. Stuff the sock with cotton until desired size.

3. Sew the ends of the sock together to close the stuffed cotton inside.

4. Stick on a cotton ball at the back just where you sew it to make the bunny tail and to hide the sewing threads as well. You can use glue gun or in my case I just used double sided tape and then sew it with some white thread.

5. Cut 2 pieces of cotton buds into half, making 4 small cotton sticks.

6. Carefully cut a small hole at the bottom of the bunny and place the cotton bud. Repeat for all 4 cotton buds. This will make the bunny’s legs.

7. Secure the cotton buds by gluing them to the sock. Since I don’t have a glue gun, I just sew the sock and the cotton bud together which also closes any open space in the hole.

And that’s it. You have your very own bunny pet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bunny

Assignment complete!

Homework: Personalized Nursery Rhyme

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Last week, Home Roomย started giving the playgroup kids homework for the weekend. They brought home the task on Wednesday which was due Monday. Their teacher encourages the parents to include the child in the home work and not just do it for them. As parents, we also believe that this will help shape their working habits in the future. So I read the assignment.

Pets are their topic for this month. So the requirement for their assignment is to pick a nursery rhyme and replace the lyrics with your own focusing on pets or animals as the main topic. ย Ha, I was excited to start this since we’ve been observing how Yui puts her day to day routine and even mundane tasks into a song. She even composed a playgroup song that I thought was a real one (taught by her teachers) when I first heard it.

I brainstormed with Yui and first asked her what nursery rhyme she wants to sing.

Mommy: “What’s your favorite nursery rhyme? Old Macdonald?”

Yui: “No.”

Mommy: “ABC? Twinkle Twinkle?”

Yui: “No. No.”

Yui: “Ah, I want Baa Baa Black Sheep!”

Mommy: “Okay, Baa Baa Black Sheep it is. What pet do you want to sing about? Hamster (this is their pet topic at the Home Room)”

Yui: “No.”

Mommy: “Dog? Cat?”

Yui: “No. No. I want rabbit!”

So, rabbit it is. We then proceeded with creating our masterpiece. Yui dictated the words and will sing it to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep. I would then add in some words if the lyrics do not fit into the melody. After about 15 minutes, our very own composition is done. With some freebie bears on the side and Yui’s own title to boot.

The Sheep, the Rabbit and the Bear

(to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep)

by: Yui and Mommy Bunny

Rabbit, rabbit hopping in the garden

Rabbit, rabbit hop hop hop

One little carrot in the garden

And one little girl with a hopping bunny pet

Bear, bear, bear, bear

Pinky pinky bear

One little bear is in the pet shop

There’s a dog and there’s a rabbit

And lots and lots of teddy bears

I’m so proud at how she did her very first home work. Good job, baby! ๐Ÿ™‚

Proud of her work

Proud of her work

Of Bedtime Stories and Imagination

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Since last year, Yui developed a fascination on princesses. On their career day last year when asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she adamantly blurted out “I want to be a princess!” Good thing she changed her mind the last minute (and became a doctor for the program), but the magic of princesses lived on.

As her vocabulary and imagination grows, our daily routines also get more exciting. Recently, we started making up our own bedtime stories and before I forget I’ll chronicle our latest story. Here goes…

The Princess in the Golden Castle

by: mommy bunny and Yui

Disney princess

Once upon a time, in a far far away place

There lived a princess named Princess Yui.

She lived in a golden castle (Yui insisted it to be a golden castle)

One day as she was playing outside the golden castle grounds,

She got lost in the woods, as there are a lot of trees around her.

She shouted “Help! Help! Somebody help me!”

But no one can hear her.

So she started to cry. And cry. And cry.

As her tears touched the ground, a fairy appeared.

The fairy asked her “Why are you crying Princess Yui?”

“Because I’m lost in this forest and I can’t go back to my golden castle” said Princess Yui.

The fairy smiled and said, “Don’t cry Princess Yui. I will help you”

And so the fairy led the way around the large trees

There were pixie dust trailing behind her as Princess Yui followed.

Soon they can see the golden castle ahead.

Princess Yui was so happy to see her golden castle.

She thanked the good fairy and went inside.

The End. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

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September was a very busy month for me at work and I missed my blog so much. One of the things that I missed most is joining the weekly photo challenge. This time I’m back and excited to join this week’s challenge: Solitary

Last year we went on a vacation and while others were frolicking outside in the sun, we found the little one alone in the room. Alone and just staring at the phone.

Solitary

Future Blogger?

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Constantly amazed is an understatement when it comes to Yui’s daily antics. Her communication skills have increased tremendously and we can’t help but be pleasantly surprised with her sentences and grammar. “Who am I going to shower with?” was one of the things she recently mentioned that amazed us. Now, she also can articulate her feelings instead of just throwing a tantrum. To illustrate, a funny thing happened tonight while I was washing the dishes.

 

Yui saw that I tore one page from my notebook and since she wrote her name on that piece of paper, she was upset when she saw that I tore it out. Being that she was “typing” in notepad prior to seeing what I’ve done, she brought her attention back to the laptop upon getting mad at me. She was saying her thoughts out loud while typing and it goes something like this:

 

I’m mad at mommy because she tore my paper. I was behaving when I was at ate Danielle’s house. I did not hurt her. I’m mad at mommy.

Blogger

Blogging her feelings

Okay, the first and last sentences were affirmation of how she was feeling at that moment. And I admired her for being able to express this out loud. The middle thoughts are just way out of the current topic. LOL! She was at Danielle’s this morning and promised us that she will just behave so we can leave her there alone. She might have remembered this when she was mad at me. I don’t know ๐Ÿ˜›

 

I took a look at what she typed and totally laughed when I saw it. Might this be a sign that Yui got the blogging genes as well? ๐Ÿ™‚

Yui's "blog"

Yui’s “blog”

 

Countdown to the Thirteenth: 4 Days

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Last night, in the midst of the pouring rain, electricity went out. We took this as an opportunity to play and bond even in the dark. It was also a great opportunity to play some of my childhood games. Totally old school. Totally fun.

1. Shadow puppets – We had fun playing with our shadows even if the only decent one I can do is a bird. LOL! We even became monsters and rabbits.

2. Nanay Tatay – It’s a Filipino hand game that’s really popular when I was a kid. Although Yui can’t grasp the exact hand gestures yet, it was a good way to practice our counting.

3. Shatong – We played an improvised shatongย using Yui’s markers. We played it with Yui just hitting the marker off the ground and making it fly across the room.

4. Pick-up sticks – Again, we used markers to play “pick-up sticks“. It was sort of a fail since the markers keep rolling away from each other so in essence you can pick them up without moving another marker. Haha!

In the end, it wasn’t about winning or playing the games with the actual rules but more of introducing Yui to games that don’t require swiping or tapping a finger on a screen. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

4 more days ’til daddy comes home. We can actually count it in one hand. Cool! Can’t wait!

4 Days: Waiting in the dark

4 Days: Waiting in the dark