Up-cycle year 2017

2017 is the year in which my family moves to a new home in Amsterdam. To hold our sweet memories of the current house my son modeled the house with my husband’s old Lego pieces, which were not stacking well anymore but shame to throw away. We could frame it or glue them together. We’re happy to find the best way to up-cycle our old Lego pieces. Starting with the Lego I’ll be busy up-cycling to fit old stuff in the current house into a new house. Hope I can share many fun ideas on this blog.

Here are some pics of our creativity with the kids around old/new year. Hope you all a creative and fun year 2017!!!


The best play dough ever! (without cream of tar tar)

Do you know you can replace the cream of tar tar with lemon juice in making a home made play dough? So you can buy all ingredients at any supermarket in your neighborhood!

*This recipe uses hot water. It’s not suitable to make with your little one*

You need;

  • 1 cup (200ml measuring cup) flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3/4 cup (or 150ml ) water
  • 3 table spoons of lemon juice
  • 1 table spoon of vegetable oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • a drop of scent oil (optional)


  • Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl
  • Mix the water, oil, lemon juice, food coloring and a drop of scent oil in a saucepan and heat until almost boiling
  • Remove the saucepan from stove and add the flour mixture
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough. Heat in the pan will cook the dough slowly. You will see the dough becomes some more translucent.
  • Leave the dough on a cooking sheet to cool down. Sometimes flip the dough over to prevent from getting dried.
  • After it’s cooled, knead the dough until it becomes smooth.
  • You can play immediately or store it in a ziploc.


Visual Report no.1 FCE 2016

I had a great and fun time again at the Festive Craft Extravaganza! This year I prepared a station for making mini candle holders using some play dough, leaves, mini ornaments and mini berries. I also made himmeli with straws to decorate the room. You can see in the album below the candle holders and the himmeli placed in my house. Love the festive feeling!

Festive Craft Extravaganza 2016


Together with Simone of Jacaranda tree Montessori Amsterdam, we are having a craft workshop for winter! Kyoko KInder Kunst Klas , Flatto 81 and Hiyoko Imai will prepare fun craft tables. 2nd session is sold out but we have some places left for the 1st session of 9-10:30. Please pay in the link below. Also this time Malicafe is taking pre orders for vegan bento box. Please check it out!

The link to sign up is here

The link to pre-order a bento box is here

Visual Report Summer Fun Extravaganza 2016

We had a fun craft workshop again with Simone, Flatto81 and Hiyoko Imai. To fit our theme ‘Summer Fun’ I prepared summer like craft, wind chimes in Japanese style. Japanese wind chimes “Furin” are typically made of thin glass to give refreshing sound. I chose clear plastic cups to look like glass. I also made wind catchers of summer icons, dyed wood beads and designed own stickers. You can see the resulting works in the photo gallery below.

Thank you very much to Simone from Jacaranda Tree Montessori Amsterdam for organizing such a fun event. Also than you to all who joined our workshop. I hope you have a nice summer holiday with your ‘Furin’.

Summer Fun Craft Extravaganza, Saturday 2 July @ Jacaranda Tree Montessori



I’m collaborating with Simone from Jacaranda Tree for Summer Fun Craft Extravaganza. This year we don’t have the Tanabatakai but you’ll have summer fun with your little one, just like last summer.

We’ll be making;

Wind Chimes/Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas

Paper Fans/Hiyoko Imai

Paper Sculptures/Flatto81

Play Dough Making/Jacaranda Tree Montessori

also some Japanese refreshments and Japanese goodies;


Kyoko Kimono

Please note:
* One of us will be at each station to help you, but parents should be prepared to participate with your child too.
* Bring an apron or old shirt! You may get dirty.
* All ages are welcome. Older children will be able to work on the crafts more independently; younger children will need more assistance from their parents. Even little ones will enjoy absorbing all the impressions and the parents will get to enjoy the craft projects (also fun!).

Date: Saturday 2 July 2016
Address: Veerstraat 48, top floor

To sign up for the 10:30 – 12:00 session, click here: http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/shop/summer-fun-craft-extravaganza-morning/

To sign up for the 14:30 – 16:00 session, click here:

There is space for 28 children in each session. This event always sells out, so be quick! You are welcome to invite your friends to sign up too.



Visual Report Festive Craft Extravaganza 2015