Craft­ing with kids

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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.

com.my/kids­fair2010/.

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Con­tests

> 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.

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