Category Archives: Art/Crafts

Hand-print Peacock: Happy Teacher’s Day

Ever since I came across this craft here, I’ve been looking for an occasion to make KT do it for someone. With Teacher’s Day round the corner, I thought it will be a nice idea to make KT do it for her teacher.

Although a very simple craft, KT was super thrilled to get her hands messy. I really liked the way it turned out. KT loved it too. She kept exclaiming, “Amma, peacock so beautiful!” She liked it so much that she didn’t want to give it to her teacher. I packed it in her school bag and had to convince her that we’ll do one more once she returns from school!

I look forward to the day KT will write her own note of appreciation to the special people in her life. Until then, it is my duty. I added a small note behind the sheet for the teacher thanking her for the positive influence she has on KT and the many things she patiently teaches the kids.


A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.  ~Author Unknown

Do something special for your child’s teacher! They deserve a token of appreciation!

Day 1 at Nursery

KT continues in the same school as last year.  We opted for the second batch. This timing works out so perfectly well for me as I can enjoy a good quiet time, then cook and pack lunch for Vj all while KT enjoys her sleep until 9 am 😉 I let her wake up on her own. She enjoys a good breakfast at her own pace and while the house help get her work down, I can get KT ready for school!

Previously, while KT was in playgroup, there were fewer kids in her class and there was only one batch. Her van would arrive at 8:30 sharp and start honking. My mornings were absolute mayhem waking up at 6 am (I still wake up at 6 am, but have lesser things to accomplish!), quiet time, cooking, carry her while asleep, give her a bath while she continues sleeping, play Dora the Explorer and Sponge Bob Square Pants on TV trying to feed the sleepy head, put ponytails and drag the reluctant, still sleepy child to her van! It was pure torture for both me and her. So you can imagine how relieved I am with this new timing 😀

Unlike her first day at playgroup, the day went on smoothly. Being the first day, it was just a one hour class and parents were allowed to be with the kids. Initially KT was a little clingy and shy.  All her previous classmates are in the previous batch, so she was kinda lost in the company of new teachers and classmates. The class room was divided into three corners and each had a different activity which the child was free to do. KT and I started with a puzzle, moved to wooden building blocks and finally settled at the drawing/scribbling desk. There a sweet little girl, SH,  already seated with her mum at the desk. She extended a box of gems to KT and gave a smile. KT picked the gems and a new friendship blossomed instantly!

SH’s mom was teaching SH to draw a simple face – a circle, two dots, a smile and springy hair. KT was observing. I handed KT a crayon and paper and asked her to try it out. She took the paper and drew something that left me ROFL! Here it is –

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Please don’t mistake it for the sun. I’m assuming it’s something between a human, an alien and a spider which has its head directly attached to its legs. This is what KT said, “Amma, Peaches draw face, tall legs and tall hair!”

After 45 minutes in the class, the kids were allowed to play in the play area. KT thoroughly enjoyed it and refused to leave. After much persuasion, she and SH held hands and walked out. We dropped SH and her mum at their house, spent a few minutes getting to know each other while the girls played together!

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It was a fine day on the whole! My prayers and best wishes for KT and her little friends to enjoy a year full of joy, fun and laughter!

For Daddy Dearest

Except for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and Easter, Hubby and I have never observed days like Valentine’s Day, women’s day, father’s day, etc. But this year I decided I should start observing at least Father’s Day, Mother’s Day (leave hubby and KT with that!) and Valentine’s Day (I gotta wait for 2014 to implement this one!). I think for a beginner like me these three days should do!

I feel the good thing about celebrating such days is that you can go an extra mile in showing how much the person means to you, as we may not put so much thought to it during the rest of the year while we are caught up with the everyday routine!

This is the card KT and I put together! (Idea from here)

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I can’t wait for KT to grow old enough to write her own note to Daddy. But until then, I shall do the honors =)

Thank you Vj, for being the astounding dad that you are, for equally sharing responsibility with me in raising KT, for providing for us and making each day as a family a blessing!