Crafting with kids
MOST children love crafts. Often viewed as tedious and messy, crafting is actually something parents can easily do with their children. It’s therapeutic and even gives you time to bond with your child.
Take quilling, for instance. This is something you can do using just coloured paper, a toothpick, glue and a paper shredder (or a blade, if you want to shred the paper manually).
Quilling artist/ paper crafter Wan Najmiyyah Wan Md Adnan says it is that simple.
The English lecturer at HELP International College of Technology started quilling as a hobby about four years ago. As she learnt more about it and blogged about it at miyyahatkertas.blogspot.com, her passion for the craft grew.
Miyyah has taught her nephews and nieces to quill. She admits that they love it and have no problem producing quilling cards.
“There are quilling kits but these are expensive. Quilling is very simple. Instead of getting the kit, you can get a paper shredder and use a toothpick to roll the strips of paper.
“Instead of buying quilling tools, just use a toothpick and you will get the same quality. I Winners of the Carrie Junior Kids Funtime photo contest: (from left) Michelle Lee (first prize), Sherlly Kwan (second prize) and Premma Kandasamy (third prize). always encourage my blog readers to quill at minimised costs.
“You can even just use your hands. For children, I always ask them to do quilling by hand instead of using any tools, but this is with thicker strips of paper so it’s easy for them to roll,” she adds.
For pre-schoolers, Miyyah suggests having pre-rolled paper quills so that the children can just arrange and stick them to a piece of paper or card.
ParenThots finds out more about quilling as well as felt crafts, faux mosaic and decoupage.
For those who want a hands-on crafting session, join ParenThots and the Arts & Crafts Guild at The Star’s Kids Fair at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Nov 27 and 28. ParenThots’ crafting sessions are held on: > Saturday, Nov 27 1-2pm (quilling + contest) 5-6pm (recycled materials and felt) > Sunday, Nov 28 12noon-1pm (quilling + contest) 2-3pm (recycled materials and decoupage)
For more on Kids Fair, go to http://thestar.
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> The winners for the Carrie Junior Kids Funtime photo contest are:
1st prize: Michelle Lee (IC no: XXXXXX-XX5032). She gets RM1,000 + a Carrie Junior hamper worth RM500.
2nd prize: Sherlly Kwan (IC no: XXXXXXXX-5106). She gets RM500 + a Carrie Junior hamper worth RM500.
3rd prize: Premma Kandasamy (IC no: XXXXXX-XX-5384). She gets RM250 + a Carrie Junior hamper worth RM500.
Congratulations to all the winners! > Enter the Dress Up Your Baby With Trudy & Teddy contest and stand a chance to win RM500 worth of their products. Just dress your child in Trudy & Teddy clothes, take a photo of him/her and submit it on the contest page in ParenThots. Closing date: Dec 31.