Thursday, April 28, 2011

Making an Erupting Volcano - Azoic Era

Our children continued their learnig of the "History of the Earth" after doing the ribbon timeline of Earth History.

After Big Bang, the temperature dropped a lot, however, it was still very hot as compared to now. The Earth entered the Dark era -- AZOIC ERA. The ground, especially, was very hot, fire erupted from the ground, burst through the crust and formed Volcanoes.

Auntie Latifah made a model of Volcano so to do an Erupting Volcano experiment with children. It was a masterpiece!

First, we needed some vinegar, bicarbonate soda, red food colouring (for the lava), and water. Children saw how Aunties put these "ingredients" into the conduit of the volcano, and they were all amazed by the "eruption"!

OK, next it was the children's turn to make their own volcanoes! Auntie Latifah took the trouble to go to the hardware shop, requesting for the pipes to be sawed into about 4 inches each, to make the conduit of the volcano. Stick the pipe in the centre of the plate by using plasticine. Then, crush some newspaper around the conduit, fasten them with masking tape.

Once the general shape of the volcano is formed, the children sticked the soggy paper around the "volcano". We let the volcanoes dry over a few days before the children painted their volacano. They all did well!

They brought home their volcanoes and their mummies and daddies extended the learning by making the volcano erupt at home!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Happy Easter 2011

Clover children were very busy for the past two weeks as they were busy doing egg-related activities for Easter. Some of them made the Easter Eggs, all of them made the bunny ears and tails and did an Egg Race on the Good Friday. (Go to our Photo Gallery for more pictures).

Making of the Easter Eggs

Auntie Shirin planned for the KidsArtFun children to make an Easter Egg from scratch. Yes, from SCRATCH.

The children needed to empty an egg before starting their art work on the egg. In order to empty an egg yet not destroying the ovoid structure, poke both ends of an egg, shake it to break the yolk inside the egg, then blow out the content.

1. Poke both ends of an egg. 2. Shake it. 3. Blow out the content.

Now, don't waste it. Cook it and eat it!!

(Children love cooking, but without much experience, some of them put too much salt. It was very nice of Gabriel to offer Auntie Chaz Yee his egg, so Auntie Chaz Yee had to force herself to eat the ultra salty scrambled egg ... but couldn't swallow it all and had to throw away half of it. Yikes!)

Tristan has his dad's gene ... great chef! Uma is grinning from ear to ear...happily cooking her egg.

Alright, now the children are done with their cooking. Next is the beginning of the real work of painting the Easter Egg. See the little artists at work!

What do you think of the Eater Eggs painted by our children? Professional huh.

Making of the Little Bunny Ears & Tails

First, the children coloured the front of the bunny ears cut out from manila cards by the Teachers. Then they rolled and pasted the cotton onto the front and back of the ears. Then attach them to the hair band, wear it on the head and that's it, the bunny ears. Next, glue the cotton onto the round card which makes the tail. Attach the tailto the back of the pants, tada!

Little children (2 - 4 years old) making the bunny ears and tails.

All the cute little bunnies and their lil' fluffy tails.

The Egg RACE

On the Good Friday, which was also our P.E. day, children did an egg race --- balancing an egg in a spoon and walked quickly to the bowl, placed it in the bowl and hop back to their team. They were all very cute... focusing and walking with extra care which we seldom see in the active children.