Our First Sandbox

More than a month ago, I saved this draft in my iPhone during that sleep deprived night.

If not for their “Keeping Cool” May 2014 box, I will certainly miss posting this.  Anyway, for those who don’t know what exploresandbox is, it’s a monthly crafts box for kids.  They have different and appropriate themes every month with complete materials (which I really appreciate) and instructions on how to do it.  It’s not just arts and crafts, but it’s also loaded with science facts. 🙂 (check out their official website

The first box I ordered from them was their Christmas box last December 2013 and that’s what I almost forgot to post. hehe (If my previous post is late, I don’t know what to call this then, hehe) 

The Christmas box contained 5 activities – DIY Christmas stockings, DIY Christmas ball, snow like mixture to build a snowman, a science project behind Santa and the chimney, and last was the good deed list. 

For this box, we were only able to make 2 out of the 5,  for some reason the snowy substance won’t form and i feel it’s a little messy to play with. I also noted to myself to ask Leslie of exploresandbox how it should work, well obviously I forgot doing it. Haaay…

Here’s Liam with his Christmas projects.. 🙂

Here's our December box .. All excited to start! :)
Here’s our December box .. All excited to start! 🙂

First project that we did was the Christmas Ball.  Excited mommy that I am, I did not read the instruction and put the glitters outside the ball.. The daddy noticed and asked why am putting it outside when instruction said inside.. Sorry naman.. hahaha.. nevertheless, we enjoyed doing it together and this was one of our Christmas ornament in the tree. 🙂

Materials for our first project - glue, glitters, plastic ball, ribbon and Japanese paper
Materials for our first project – glue, glitters, plastic ball, ribbon and Japanese paper
Liam really into the crumpling...
Liam really into the crumpling…
and he's really enjoying it.. :)
and he’s really enjoying it.. 🙂
our finish product.. :)
our finish product.. 🙂

The other project that we were able to make is the Christmas stockings!  Liam enjoyed putting on the buttons and for added work, I gave him some cotton balls to glue on top of the stocking.  Of course, mommy was the one who sew the socks together.

next stop.. our Christmas Stocking!
next stop.. our Christmas Stocking!
Obvious ba? He likes what he's doing?
Is it that obvious that he likes what he’s doing?
one down.. one more to go
one down.. one more to go
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busy gluing the cotton balls.. 🙂
Mas busy removing the cotton fiber from his fingers.. :)
Mas busy removing the cotton fiber from his fingers.. 🙂
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Now, our stocking is complete! TADA!

As for the other projects, I felt Liam was too young for them pa and we ran out of time na since we went home to Manila for the holidays. Nevertheless, we both enjoyed our project time.

Ask if I will order again?  Wait for my future posts for my answer. 😉

 

 

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Chinese Lanterns

Kiong Hee Huat Chai!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Congratulations to a prosperous Year!

Positive! That’s how Chinese are.  Always positive that we will have a brighter and more prosperous New Year.  Anyway, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, I wanted to have a family activity na Chinese and since Liam likes his project time in school, decided to do some crafts for the New Year.

At first, I wanted us to make 3D Fireworks, but I don’t like Liam to use that much glitters yet.  I can’t handle that pa ata, ung kalat, ung takot na mapunta sa mata.. so I looked for something else and found Chinese Lanterns.   Not so tricky yet oh so Chinese..  🙂

Materials:  Red Specialty Paper, Scissors, Glue, Ruler, Pencil and Gold Sequins
Materials: Red Specialty Paper, Scissors, Glue, Ruler, Pencil and Gold Sequins

I have to pre-cut the papers lang, since I don’t want Liam to hold scissors yet.  So all they have to do is add the Gold sequins and put it together.

Here I am helping Liam with his tap tap sequins...
Here I am helping Liam with his tap tap sequins…
Here he is hoarding the glue, so daddy has to get a new tube for himself..
Here he is hoarding the glue, so daddy has to get a new tube for himself..
Here's daddy busy with his project. :)
Here’s daddy busy with his project. 🙂
TADA!!! our Chinese Lanterns!!
TADA!!! our Chinese Lanterns!!

 

Never thought craft projects can be oh so easy. Need to be patient lang looking for the perfect project for us.

Stay tuned for our Chinese New Year Pictorial.. Happy Heart’s day!! 🙂