Letter of the week- U

We spent the best part of the week in Myanmar and only got to our letter of the week right at the tail end of the week. Luckily, it was the letter U and I knew the underwater craft would go down really well with Q.

If I haven’t already mentioned, Q is a big fan of all things underwater. We have birthed a croc (via a cord egg toy) and Finding Nemo is pretty much his favorite movie.

After (U is for) unpacking from our trip, we settled down to work on our letter crafts and for to making the letter U for umbrella first. Which, was a bad idea cos Q decided he HAD to go play with his kid sized umbrella that my mother bought him a while back. I would (U is for ) usually hunt him down and insisted he completed his task but I kinda gave up and we ended up only getting to the second craft later in the evening.

We ended the evening by watching the videos of one of my favorite Disney music- Under the Sea (Little Mermaid).

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Letter of the week- T

We got into our letter of the week right in the middle of planning for a semi big trip (T is for trip!) to Myanmar. Q has always been a good (T is for) traveller so while we had tons of logistics to contend with, it was more simply-busy than crazy-hectic.

We prefaced our letter of the week by talking about our travels and trips. Cos, well, duh, those words start with T.

Anyway, initiating the letter T was quite easy cos T was the first letter Q ever learnt and recognized. To add to the project, he was really excited to make the T is for Tractor craft too.

To add to the T-ness of the week, we hosted playgroup at the beginning of the week where the kiddies made (T is for) a telescope each for daddy in lieu of Father’s Day.

I wish I could share how to make a telescope but I had shipped in a telescope making kit and the kids simply spent a happy half hour decorating the telescopes with stickers and other foam bits.

We stuck a sticker that read: “You are out of this world” on each of the telescopes for daddy too!

Letter of the week- S

I started our letter of the week in dramatic fashion: I took a snake we had made with discarded Brands Essence of Chicken boxes to our garden and pretended to be really freaked out by it. Cos, well, you know, S is for scared and snake. Haha. Anyway, while Q thought it was really funny and mimicked, it kind of had a reverse effect cos now all he wanted to do was play mummy’s Snake in the Grass game and not do some boring sit at a table with glue and paper thingamajig.

I gave up trying to coax him to settle to crafting and we ended up looking for a snail or two, cos snails also start with the letter S. the good thing about having a garden is there are usually a snail or two somewhere and true enough we found a couple of snails though one was kinda (S is also for) smashed up. A little gross but I don’t think little boys are bothered by that much.

We got to our letter of the week craft the day after with little fanfare though it gave us a lot of talk about while working on our craft. Not a bad thing and I found myself thinking that maybe I should do more drama stuff as introduction. Seems like fun.

So, S is snake, snail, sun, star and school.

Letter of the week- R

We got off to a late start to our letter of the week work this week cos, well, mummy’s schedule has been (R for) ridiculous lately but it was a big (R for) rainy day when we discovered a leak spot on the roof of this old rental house of ours that I thought it’d be a good idea to get to Letter R since we were all grouchy at being rained in.

I took the chance to introduce Q to my favourite cartoon: Alice in Wonderland. We picked a youtube video that had the little fella running late for a party and Q seemed really tickled at that. I explained that real white rabbits (he’s never seen a live one for some reason, the ones we see are usually brown or some funky mix of browns/white/black) had red eyes and Q- who must have thought I went off my rocker; told me the rabbit had sick eyes. I had a small stint of conjunctivitis a while back and we explained my very red eye was sick. When I explained that white rabbits simply had red eyes, he shrugged it off and proclaimed it “looks silly.”

Ah well.

Our rooster craft went down a little less eventful (read: less explanation) though we had to stop several times to make “cockle-doodle-doo” noises.

R is for rabbit, rooster, rain, radish (which I made Japanese style that night) and reindeer.

Letter of the week- Q

Of the 26 letter of the alphabets, we are clearly most familiar with our letter of the week- Q. Because- duh!- Q is for Quentin. Also, we call Quentin “Q” most of the time. Well, sometimes, Q-ball too. So, Q is mighty familiar with the letter Q.

And well, Q is really the first letter of the alphabet he ever learnt. Small wonder huh?

Because of his familiarity with the letter I had to think of something a little special to initiate this letter of the week and we decided to head to Qian Hu Fish Farm cos, well, the place began with Q. I know, stretching it a little but, we can only try right?

It seemed to work well enough cos he was duly excited to see the big (fake) fishes and so we stopped to chat about where we were and we got him to count the number of “Qs” in the sign and then got, duly, distracted by all the pretty fish in the place.

I didn’t have high hopes for the place but it turned out to be a real gem of a day. In particular, we had fun dipping our hand into the fish spa pool- I’m sure we weren’t really allowed to do that but, well, we only did a short spot of that. And spent a happy half hour trying to catch long hang fish; we were dismal in that only catching four tiny things in that time. I blame the net for being too small (its the size of 2/3 of an iPhone).

After our day at Q is for Qian Hu Fish Farm, we embarked on our letter of the week craft, making a Q is for Quail and q is for queen.

I’m thinking of making a big letter Q with Quentin’s face on it… hmmm… we’ll see.

Letter of the week- P

If you haven’t already figured it out, we love the zoo. WE LUURRVVEEE the zoo and whenever possible, I start letter of the week at the zoo and since its been a while (read: two weeks) since we last went, I packed the troops and toddled off to see the P is for penguin and P is for Parrot.

We always “review” our alphabets at the zoo; you know L is for Lion, C is for cheetah, F is for fish… you get the drift. So that always makes for a fun learning day at the zoo.

Anyway, we opted to take a little more time to look at the penguins and parrots. In particular, we chatted about the time we went and fed the parrots at the Farmart a few weeks back. Q has asked to go back to feed the “faraway parrot” (cos, well, the parrot was standing faraway from his perch, funny how kid’s mind work) several times so maybe we’d do that some time.

I picked making a penguin and a parrot, complete with an array of colorful faux feathers for our letter crafts and towards the end of our crafting, Q declared: P is for Peeing!

Ah… maybe we are getting somewhere with our toilet training.

Letter of the week- O

O was an easy letter for us to tackle seeing as he already knew the number zero and, well, zero and the letter O looks the same. And of course, there is knowing the shape Circle. So he had already known the letter O for a while, but it was good fun exploring the letter anyway.

It was a long week so I opted for doing something simple: and if you must know, I took out the newspaper and armed each of us with a do-a-dot each and set out to “find as many Os” as we could in the papers.

After we made a colorful mess of the day’s newspaper, we went about drawing happy faces in the bigger Os that we could find. That kinda dwindled into making thumbprint faces cos our thumbprints- or rather, Q’s more than mine, kinda look like an O anyway. I recently took receipt of a wonderful book by Ed Emberley, the father of fingerprint art too!

O is for orange, ostrich, octopus and owl.