Visual Report “Summer Craft Festival” 2017

Thanks to Simone from Jacaranda Tree Montessori , our ‘Summer Craft festival’ became bigger ever. We prepared 6 craft tables with Hiyoko, Flatto 81 and Yuliya, whose ideas are fun and artistic!

Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas prepared spinning tops with paper plates and marbles. Children decorate the spinning top with prepared stickers and finger stamps.

I had many free space stickers from Albert Heijn so I cut them out in simple forms. Together with bright round stickers and alphabet stickers there were enough stickers for my sticker pool. The children may take 8 stickers from the pool, which could be a counting practice for little kids 😉

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Pity things are that finger stamp pads came off easily while the children were working. I did’t bring covers to protect tables from the ink so I had to stop using finger stamps…should forecast happenings like that.

It was very nice to see parents engaged in the craft as well as the children. Here are some pictures of the festival. Thank you to those who came to join us, Hiyoko, Emi&Chika, Yuliya and Simone for the nice experiences.

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Summer Craft Festival 2017

Thanks to Simone of Jacaranda Tree Montessori playgroup, our annual Summer Craft Festival will be held on Saturday 1 July. The tickets are now on sale so be quick!

It’s going to be bigger and better than ever. This time we will have even more space for our crafty fun as we take over the gym space in the building on the ground floor. Joining artists are: Hiyoko, Emi and Chika of Flatto81, and Yuliya of yufrukt.

Join us for lots of summer fun! The kids will make their own spinning top, summer journal, decorative streamer and paper bead necklaces. And much more…

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 1 July 2017
Location: Veerstraat 48, gymzaal, ground floor
Cost: €15 per child
Session 1: 10:30 – 12:00 (best for kids walking age to under 3 years, older siblings welcome)
http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/…/summer-craft-festi…/
Session 2: 14:30 – 16:00 (best for kids 3+ years, younger siblings welcome)
http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/…/summer-craft-festi…/

There is space for 50 children in each session.
Looking forward to it! Hope to see you there.content_summer_craft_festival

Sunday Market Report

Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas was on Sunday Market in Amsterdam for the first time! It must have been the first kids craft stall ever in the market. My stall was quiet at the beginning but gradually some kids came to play. I could give all my attention to each child and had nice interactions between them. I prepared Sushi making with play dough and carp streamer making but many kids chose to make sushi. I guess that’s because sushi is so popular in the Netherlands that kids feel familiar with the activity.

I hope there are more craft opportunities in the daily life because I believe kids can learn following;

  • Crafting Helps Kids Communicate Their Feelings; One of the strong reasons why I give kids art workshop is to support kids to discover themselves. There’s no rules for your work here.
  • Kids Enjoy Seeing That They Can Improve; I noticed many kids wanted to make panda and flower sushi in the example pictures. They spent quite some time to achieve their ideas. It was also nice to see their parents patiently waiting for them or even crafting together with them.
  • Crafting Improves Fine Motor Skills;  sticking, colouring, glueing, cutting and keeping within lines or patterns…all these can assist fine motor skill development, and improve hand eye co-ordination in kids.

I’m hoping to continue kids art workshops in different occasions. If you need craft ideas or kids craft workshops in your event, please contact Kyoko.

 

Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas at Sunday Market

I’m excited to announce that Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas is joining Sunday Market at Westerpark on 7 May! Sunday Market is a fun, yummy and creative market held all over the city in Amsterdam. Especially one in Westerpark is kids friendly. There are a couple of playgrounds and water play spots in the park as well as cafes and restaurants. Also BBQ and picnic are allowed in the field. You have many things to do in the park besides the market!

I’m preparing two kids activities; fish streamer making and play dough sushi making both inspired by Japanese culture. These activities are cheap (only €5 for both) and easy for young children too.

I hope you come and enjoy the last day of May vacation with my activities and the market!

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Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas will be in Kanaalpromenade West

 

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!!!

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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)

Method;

  • 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.

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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!