Monday, 20 October 2014

Exploring art with Kids:: Fernand Léger

A few months ago on a visit to Tate Modern, we bought an activity box called "Art in  a box" It features activity cards based on works from the Tate.
Yesterday we chose one card which featured Fernand Léger's  "Still Life with a beer mug"


Having talked about it a little bit, the children went on to create their own collages with repeated patterns.

I set up the table with a selection of different sized  coloured paper.




and here is their finished pictures:




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Saturday, 18 October 2014

5 Tips for Getting Boys Interested in Arts and Crafts

 As my first child is a girl and has always shown an interest in arts and crafts from very early on, I felt  somewhat helpless when my son Derin was not showing much interest in this kind of activity.
I was not expecting him to draw or paint extraordinary pictures but I wanted him to enjoy the process of creating something as well as developing some skills. Along the way I found some "tricks" to encourage him.


  • Setting up the table for both children and giving Derin different materials than a blank paper to work with. In this picture he is painting a paper plate.


  • Here we used the candles to drip on the paper and then painted on them using water colours. Again, this interesting activity captured his interest so much. We also had a chance to talk about  safety with candles.




  • Moulding clay or playdough is perfect for strengthening the finger muscles. Derin enjoys creating sculptures with clay.





  • Being a role model is so important,too. One day I was preparing three part cards for the preschool where I work. As I was cutting the cards, Derin saw me and asked for a scissors. He had had difficulty with it, but then he sat with me cutting all this.




  • Setting up invitations on the table works better than asking him if he wants to draw or paint. 



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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Vita Coco Kids Review #vitapicnics

As you know we love trying out new and healthy foods at Smiling like Sunshine Headquarters. 
Vita Coco recently sent us  a lovely picnic hamper that contains some picnic goodies and their  two flavours of the Vita Coco Kids drinks. Apple & Blackcurrant and Mango & Pineapple. 


 I personally like coconut water. It has a very refreshing taste and it is very nourishing as it contains lots of minerals.
Vita Coco Kids contain no artificial colours or preservatives; and artificial sweeteners or flavours. It is Made with 37.5% natural coconut water.


As the weather has been rainy, we did not get a chance to  use our picnic hamper outside but who cares? Indoor picnics after school are fun, too! Derin was not  very impressed and sipped his coconut water slowly! Defne however  just loved it and said "This is the best drink ever!" 


Vita Coco Kids are available to buy at Sainsbury's, Tesco,Waitrose, Amazon and  many more stores. It costs £2.99 for four. It is a little pricey if compared with some concentrated  juices. But as it is not laden with sugar and is actually a healthy drink, I think it is worth giving the extra money.

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