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!


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


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.


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.


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”.



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


Most cheapest and effective way of making your own streamers is this. Toilet paper dipped in red cabbage soup!


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!


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


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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Tanabata-kai “The Star Festival” 2013

We had a great time with 35 children and their parents in a hot summer Tanabata day.

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7. The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet just once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month. Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, from bamboo branches then pray that their wishes will come true.

Our Tanabata was planned by Kyoko and Soonhwa to be traditional, new and artistic. We focused on young children 2+ to be able to craft by themselves. Flatto81 and Chika Ito‘s handmade eco inks added a beauty of nature to the festival. Fumiko Ito’s photo booth intrigued children’s curiosity for light and shadow. Roppongi made a nice selection of Japanese snacks and small gifts for us.

Here are some pictures. Thanks to all the Tanabata ladies and also to Simone from Jacaranda Tree Montessori for her support and beautiful space. You can also see some other pictures on Tanabata-kai Amsterdam Facebook page.

Photography © Fumiko, Henry, Naomi, Emi and Soonhwa

All images in this blog entry have been published with the explicit permission of the parents of the depicted children. Images may not be used without permission. If you would like to link the images on blogs, articles, etc, please contact Kyoko

Tanabata-kai Sunday 7 July 2013!

Kyoko KinderKunstKlas presents in collaboration with Flatto81


Sunday 7 July 14:30~16:30
Jacaranda Tree Montessori
For children ages 2+ accompanied by adults / €14 per child
Second child under 2 is free

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Natsumatsuri “Summer Festival” July 2012

Here are some pictures of festival I organized last summer.  Natsumatsuri is a traditional Japanese Summer Festival during which we celebrate the season in Yukata (summer Kimonos). Children participated in Japanese culture at Jacaranda Tree in Amsterdam. We did creative activities and games such as making Uchiwa (Fans) and water balloon fishing.


jinbei This is called Jinbei, casual style Japanese cloth.