Pick a Prop and Strike a Pose!

Props on stick are in fashion these days. Good for me! I get to try new ideas and people are happy with their props. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I loved making these props. Though I did not get to keep much of them but still, when people accepted them with open hands, I was super excited ๐Ÿ™‚ . I made face masks, dialogue balloons, mustaches, glasses, pirate hats, monster mouth and Dracula teeth (my favorite).

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Hope you like the post. Good day.

Montessori Training-Projects

In this post, I am going to share some of the projects with you that me and my fellows had the experience to make, in our Montessori training. The time to decide ‘what to make’ was kind of hard. We had to choose something different, something that has not been done before, something ‘zara hut ke‘… I don’t think so, we quite reached up to all that, butย  we tried our hardest and we gave our best. The rest we left to Allah.

With all the tough routine, exams, quizzes, assignments, practicals, 4 art foldersย  (did I miss something…) ah yes, cultural files. :), no doubt, it was tough, but we learned numerous things. We not only learned about how to teach and groom children but also how to groom ourselves. Montessori training is not just for children but for you too. Time consuming plus mind consuming ๐Ÿ˜‰ butย  worth it.

Back to projects. Submitting these projects was not the end, we were to give presentation (no big deal with that), but we were to give it to an empty class, full of nothing but projects. And we had to pretend that we were giving the presentation to a bunch of children (asking questions, getting answers, all on our own). Of course our teacher was there, marking us, while we were making a fool of ourselves.

You must be waiting for the projects, so here it goes:

Lets start with my project. ‘3 DIMENSIONAL SHAPES’. I enjoyed a lot, working on this project. Making and finding the 3 dimensional shapes, around the house was quite a fun game for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is a visual view of all the projects, starting with mine:

3 Dimensional Shapes

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Small Theater

(Puppet Window with On Stick Puppets)

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Water Cycle

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Recycling

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Media Print vs. Electronic Media

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Life Cycle of Butterfly

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Life Cycle of a Frog

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On the Land

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I am going to end this post with my personal favorite project. ‘THE WESTEND BAKERS’. I tried to capture it from all angles. Now this is what you can say a ‘zara hut ke’ kind of project.ย Look at the detailing, the small cute things, aren’t they adorable?

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Have a look from other angles:

Hope you like the post and that it gave you ideas to make some of your own. Just remember to make the presentation interesting and catchy so that the children not only learn things but also enjoy it to the fullest. This way you will have your full satisfaction too.

Wish you the best. Good day.

Box Organizers

“Don’t agonize. Organize.”

Isn’t it good to find your stuff right where you left them? I think it is. Keeping things organized really assists you and not just in keeping your place clean but it also saves you from stress and fear of loosing your belongings, and overall it improves your lifestyle.

I made some box organizers to keep my belongings in order and in place, so, when I need them I can find them without much hustle and bustle.

Here is one I made for jewellery.

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Well, the box with drawers was already handy, I just covered it up with some sheets and used some glitter on top and then just filed it up. ๐Ÿ™‚

For ring drawer, I used tissues and rolled them up in order to fix the rings in between them.

For other drawers, I similarly, covered the base and filled them up. ๐Ÿ™‚

The next one is the ‘box in box’ organizer.

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I personally love this one. It really helps me to keep my stationary and crafting stuff right where I can find them. See? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lastly, we have…………………….this:

A very own box for handmade cards. ๐Ÿ™‚

A good system shortens the road to your goal similarly a clean room and organized stuff can save time and shorten your path to ‘your goal’.

Have a good day and get organized. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Order for Two

Its been quite a time, since I uploaded anything about, in the crafting corner. So, here it is: not long after I decided to make card making official, I got my first orders! 2 orders! Yeah!!

One was for a little baby turning ‘2’. She also happens to be my niece, cousin’s angel :). The order was from her grandmother and she said something like acha sa koi ho. I was so nervous, I mean there were billions of ideas to work with but what if…. This what if kills us at so many places ๐Ÿ˜‰

So anyway, I finally completed the card and handed it over to the ‘grandmother’. Everyone liked it. Thank You, God! Here is an image of it.

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From outside it was like this but this is not all. It got a surprise inside.

Ta-da!!

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A pop up of flowers bouquet. I followed a tutorial on youtube. It turned out, pretty close. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, is the card of Congratulations on promotion.

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It also got a surprise inside.

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Same idea but it is for two different families, so I guess, it will be a surprise after all.

๐Ÿ™‚ Enough for now.

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First Independent Trip out of City

I had the experience of staying at my relatives house but I have never really traveled alone, especially out of city. So, my first ‘independent trip’ was to Lahore. I was nervous but excited at the same time. I was going to my relative’s house. It was my cousin’s idea that now is the time to grow up and I loved the idea so, I persuaded my family and prepared for the trip. I left for Lahore on Friday 28/June/2013 at 10 in the morning. Mother came to drop me at the Daewoo Express. I got my ticket, put my luggage and got on the bus.

Journey started. I got on the coach, no one was on the seat beside me so, it was more comfortable. Yeah, more for m. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Silence. Well not exactly ๐Ÿ™‚ Got my ear phones and made my own comfortable environment though I was alert as it was the first time. If it wasn’t for Sehri (my BCOEW university friend) I would have been bored to the bones. Thanks sweetie. Some other friends and cousins did text now and then but not as much asย Sehri. Companionship of a friend can make the journey a lot easier. She is in love with Lahore though never been there. I pray she gets her chance. Ameen.

Back to the story, the coach made a stop at Behra (rest point) for 15 minutes.

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There I took this photo of the coach. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After that we kept on moving and didn’t stop until we arrived at Lahore. Taya Abu was already at the door of the coach when I stepped out. Oh! he has to wait for a long time in a hot weather. I felt so guilty, because I wasn’t able to tell him the exact time when we were going to reach. Traveling for the first time alone…didn’t know the distance or areas. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

After unloading the luggage, we got in his car and I texted my mother that I have reached and that Taya Abu had picked me up and now we are going home.

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I didn’t take this picture. My relatives wouldn’t let me out of the house alone let alone out of the main gate just for the picture ๐Ÿ˜‰ . They are protective. Good thing. Moving on, When I reached home (relatives’ place), I got a warm welcome from the kids and my cousin (let’s call her api from on) and got so busy with kids and others plus it was also food time. Man! I was hungry!

Some time after taking food, the kids went for swimming in their swimming pool. We all went with them. They are young so they are not allowed to swim alone. But boy, are they good! The older one is great but the little one is not far behind either :). Here is a picture of their swimming pool.

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After that I spent time taking pics, then I remembered that I told my friends and two cousins that I will text on reaching safe and sound. So, I did that and also apologized for late report. Hehe :). After that we all sat down to watch 8:00 Drama. But ’till then I was totally exhausted. At 8:47 I was unable to keep my eyes open so I excused myself and told my api to wake me because I wanted to join them at dinner.

At 9:06 Famoo, came to wake me up. We had dinner. My api was worried that my sleep was disturbed but I knew I will sleep again, as soon as my head will hit the pillow. ๐Ÿ™‚ After all I woke up at 3 am in the morning for the trip and didn’t take a wink in the coach. So you can imagine… ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Next day: Saturday

Though my api had said to wake up at anytime I want. She said,”You are at home.” Everyone woke up late as it was weekend except for my api, she is a doctor. Only her Sunday is free. But as I have slept early so, I woke up early too. At 8:15 :). ย When I went downstairs only Tai Amma and Taya Abu were awake. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tai Amma looked at me with a raised eyebrow and said, “So early…” And I was like ‘are you criticizing me?’ And she said, “Tai Amma and criticizing?” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good talk.

Actually, she was just saying this because no one else was awake and usually we people are famous for getting up late, at least as late as 11:00. I am up at 8:15! Of course Tai amma was suspicious :).ย  But I guess I was hungry and that woke me up early. After all it was my cheat day! ๐Ÿ™‚

After breakfast, I went back to the room. What else was I supposed to do, the house was so quiet. So, back in my room, I listened to some music, made a list of events in sequence that were happening, in order to write about it later. After 10 I went downstairs, the kids were awake, my api was also back from work.

As the girls sat down for their breakfast, we did a little chatting. We talked about cereals while they were eating theirs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then it was their ‘Quran reciting’ time. So, I sat with them, listened to them and played with play-do while Tai Amma helped them recite. MashaAllah they sounded so good. May Allah bless the all. Ameen.

After they were finished we played, did some drawings and played with colors. Then after some rest we went to Sports Complex for kids karate class. That day a lot of kids were absent so they did only games. Here is a picture of the best view (according to me) of the Sports Complex that I saw on the way in and took it on the way out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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From there we left after 5:00 for Mall of Lahore.

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We had so much fun in Mall of Lahore. At least I did. Thanks to my api and her girls. Here are some pics I took while we were there.

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Love the balloons :).

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When I first look at this I thought it was an aquarium. ๐Ÿ™‚

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But then I read this:

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I was shocked plus amazed. Never heard or seen anything like this before in my life. I didn’t try it then but planning to do so next time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The kids wanted to go to the Humpty Dumpty ( Play area for kids in Mall of Lahore ).

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Found it cute and funny, at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

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After this the kids were tired especially the little one, Hibu. She was denying it but it was written all over her face. She wanted to go to some other place as I was supposed to leave the next day, and she wanted to do ‘everything’ before that. But my cousin said,”No, it was too much for one day.” I patted Hibu on the head, and told her that its okay, we can do it tomorrow. Both were like: What! you staying for tomorrow?! They had no idea that I had extended my stay ’til Monday. I nodded and jumped with ย joy. I almost cried then. I was overwhelmed by their joy. I can never forget the joy I felt that day. Love you a lot, sweeties.

After that we roomed about from shops to shops. I did some shopping for myself and my family back home.

Here are some random pictures I took while in and out of the shops there.

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Cute huh?

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Now they are just adorable. Aren’t they? ๐Ÿ™‚

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After rooming about for a while, we had the ice-cream, the one that you choose and decorate yourself. Loved it.

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After that we left for home at about 9:40 :). On reaching home the normal routine: food and then bed-time.

Next day: Sunday

On Sunday both my cousins were free so we decided to go to Gelato Affairs and then to Reading.

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I love books and bookstores ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah. Its like a paradise to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a lot of fun on the way home too. We made a short stop at Gourmet. I wanted to take Berfi for my brother. He likes Gourmet’s Berfi a lot. There I got the chance to buy something for the kids too.

On reaching home, I took food and then went up for packing. Told my api and kids to come and say goodbye before sleeping. Because in the morning I was suppose to leave long before they will wake up.

After packing, I waited for them, thought they forgot but I was wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚ They came, we talked, ate lychee then I hugged and kissed the girls as it was their sleeping time. We said goodbyes. That was the best goodbye I ever had from them before that they were always formal, reserved. ๐Ÿ™‚

My cousin and I were left alone, we talked about a lot of stuff then it was time to say goodbye to her too. On her way out, she gave me a treat.

I asked her about hat treat back at the Mall of Lahore, that what were they and that was it. I never knew she will actually brought them for me. Oh! I felt like crying. I said to her,” So, that means I don’t ever ask you about things just because of the fear of this….????” And she said,” I only do his for people I love.”ย 

She left. But I sat there in the dark thinking, smiling and nearly crying…..again. All that gave me a warm feeling and I felt overwhelmed.

All the time I was there I never felt out of place. I felt like part of them. I mean I am part of them, they are family. But I was at so much ease that it was like I was home. I can’t thank them enough for bearing me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next day: Monday

I left. I was so sad. Never felt that way before, something was definitely different this time. Taya Abu came to drop me at the Daewoo Express. On reaching Rawalpindi, my family picked me up. I texted everyone, my cousins and friends that I have reached. And here my adventure ends.

I love adventures.ย Hope I find another one soon.ย 

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