Festive Craft Extravaganza, Saturday 12 December

Come join us in our latest creative collaboration; a festive craft extravaganza for kids.

Simone of Jacaranda Tree Montessori has organized this holiday season craft event for many years. This year Flatto81 and I will join Simone!

I’m working on some fun Christmas crafts. There will also be cookie baking, wrapping paper making, singing festive songs and 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.

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

To sign up for the 14:30 – 16:00 session, click here: http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/shop/festive-craft-extravaganza-afternoon/

There is space for 35 children in each session. This event always sells out, so be quick! You are welcome to invite your friends to sign up too.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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design: Hiyoko Imai

Craft workshop in Dutch school

When my son was in group 2 at his Dutch Montessori school I was asked by his teacher to give a craft workshop. There is a craft event once a year in his school which is organized by parents. That time the event was combined with a charity event. So the children were to make art works and sell them at school to raise donation money. In Montessori schools typically classes are mixed with different ages. So my group was a mixture of group 3~6. This was my first workshop to older Dutch children. Therefore I chose the theme carefully under these points:

  1. fun for both boys and girls
  2. technically not too easy not too difficult
  3. leaving a lot of freedom to put their own ideas
  4. the work should look like finished art work

Here are some pics of the results. These young artists made such beautiful art works 🙂

Theme: ” Making your own tree and insect ”

Material: modeling clay, acid free paper, fresh herbs, dried beans, tempera, wires, etc.

Tools: hammer, scissors, straw, glue, etc.

Time: 2 hours with 15min break in between

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First half time: we blew some brown paint with a straw. While the painted paper was being dried we made leaves by hammering fresh leaves in between papers.

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Second half: First I showed some pictures of insects to explain their body structures. The children chose their favorite insects to make.

With a case and frame the works looked more finished.

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Valentine’s Day Craft Report

The event from “Bring the voice of Fukushima to the Netherlands” has ended with success. My table was busy with little artists all the time. I couldn’t run the workshop well without the help from young volunteer ladies. Thank the ladies for your enthusiasm and hard work!

Here are some pictures from the little artists. Pity that I couldn’t make pictures of all the art work. The little artists have made such different, personal and fun work by using the same material!

All the benefit from my workshop was donated to “Voice of Fukushima”.

「福島の子ども達の声をオランダの子ども達に届ける会」主催のチャリティーイベントはたくさんの方にきていただいたようです。私のテーブルではたくさんの小さなアーティスト達が熱心に制作をしていました。写真ギャラリーでアーティスト達の作品をご覧ください。彼らのサポートに忙しくて全ての作品の写真を撮る暇がなかったのが残念ですが、同じ材料でここまで個性のある作品ができるものかと驚かされました。そして熱心に手伝ってくれたボランティアの女の子達、本当に助かりました、ありがとう!!そして収益金は「福島の子ども達の声をオランダの子ども達に届ける会」へ寄付させていただきました。

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Report Tanabata-kai 2014

The 3rd edition of Tanabata-kai was successful thanks to Flatto 81, Wander Kids, Roppongi, Stichting Yukinohana and specially the help of Soonhwa. We also had fun thanks to 40 young participants, their smiles and curiosity. Thanks also the parents who made effort to put Yukata on your child and come all the way here. I hope everyone had a good time there. This beautiful Japanese culture united us in the Jacaranda Tree, Amsterdam.

第3回七夕会はFlatto 81、ワンダーキッズ、Roppongi、Yukinohana、そして特にスナさんの協力のお陰で成功に終わりました。私たちのほうも40人の小さな子ども達と彼らの笑顔、好奇心を楽しませてもらいました。そして保護者の方々、子ども達に浴衣を着せて遠方まで来ていただきありがとうございました。皆さんが楽しいひと時をすごして頂けたのなら幸いです。この美しい日本の文化がアムステルダムのJacaranda Treeの空間の中で、皆の心を一つにしたと感じたうれしい日でした。

Here with the pictures below I want to show you around the festival. では写真ギャラリーで七夕会会場をご案内します。

Special thanks:  Emi Tsutsushiro and Takayuki Yoshimatsu for your pictures!

posts about Tanabata-kai

streamers

Most cheapest and effective way of making your own streamers is this. Toilet paper dipped in red cabbage soup!
最も安くて作りやすい吹き流しの作り方:トイレットペーパーに紫キャベツの煮汁を浸すだけ!

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I’m sure everyone is enjoying sun and water this weekend! I’m staying home alone preparing for the festival but I’m having fun with my own ocean waves! Kids can make this at the festival too!
この週末は皆さん水辺で太陽を楽しんでいる事と思います。私は1人家で七夕会の準備をしていますが、自分で作った「海」があるのでそれを楽しんでおります。子ども達も七夕会でこれを作りますよ!

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Do you know where you can find twigs in summer?….Vondelpark! There are fences built by piles of twinges in a playground in the park. A great place to build a secret hut too. These twigs are perfect for the magic wands for the Tanabata-kai.
夏に小枝がある場所をご存知ですか?アムステルダムのVondelparkがベストです!垣根が積み上げられた小枝でできている公園が Vondelpark内にあります(丸いスイミングプールがある公園です)秘密の基地を作るのにももってこいの場所です。七夕会で使う小枝はそこでもらっ てきました。

Tanabata-kai “Star Festival” 2014

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It’s fully booked!!! Sorry!!!

Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas presents

Tanabata-kai “Star festival”

PDF version here

Date: 29th June 2014

Time: 14.30 – 16.30

Place: Jacaranda Tree Montessori

For children ages 2+ accompanied by adults

€15 per child  *Second child under 2 is free

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