Deal or No Deal: Spell fun the Hockey way

Posted Monday, October 29, 2012 by lucky_witch
Last Friday, we took advantage of the holiday. Instead of staying home. I decided to treat Pretty Ariel and Sweet Cinderella to a surprise date with me. Yes, we left Baby Snow White and The Frog Prince at home.

I just felt that I need to spend some time with them. Not that they are complaining or that I totally had no time with them, but since Baby Snow White was born, I became too occupied with never ending task of looking after a baby. They were also became too overwhelmed with their baby sister that they just want to play with her whenever they are free. My 3 daughters are inseparable. They cling to each other whenever they are at home. So this time, I decided to treat them alone. Baby Snow White is too young to enjoy being in a fun house arcade anyway.

We had a blast with the deal or no deal game. We spent more than an hour playing on that video game. It was really fun.

Then another game that they enjoyed a lot was the Hockey game. It requires 2 tokens, ( 1 token for each player) Each player's goal is to strike the hockey plate into the base of the opponent. The players need to protect their base by blocking the plate. We spend around 6 tokens for that game, so we had 3 game set. The game sets were unanimously won by Pretty Ariel.
After that, we ate some hotdogs on stick and went home. Such a short but fun date, and we will surely do this again.

Black and White

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by lucky_witch
Pretty Ariel has an arts and crafts project, and we decided to do it over the weekend. We, because I dont think she and her group mate can build it by themselves. Its too difficult for their age, so the whole family decided to jump in. They were asked by their teacher to create a paper mache animal that is about 2 feet in size.
Papier-mâché (French for "chewed paper", [papje maʃe]English /ˌpæpi. ˈmæʃ/ or /ˌppər məˈʃ/), alternatively, paper-mache, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as gluestarch, or wallpaper paste. Souce

Papa started early in the morning building the body or foundation of the zebra while I print the pattern for zebra. I traced the zebra in a large carton and attached it to the foundation that papa did. We then just filled up some areas with crumbled newspaper to make it look like a real zebra. We added some muscles and curve using a folded newspaper. Then we covered the whole zebra with stripped newspaper and home made paste.

Since we dont want the newspaper print to become obvious when we paint our zebra, we used "used bondpaper" as top coat of our paper mache. We also used yarn as its tail.  After a while, this is how it looks like:

We just let the day passed and allow the paste to dry fully. On the next day, we painted it with white and used a black marker pen for the stripes. I also coated it with natural varnish to make it glossy.

All in all, it was a fun day for the whole gang. We are thinking of creating one for our own display.