21 June, 2012

Design your own fancy clock

A few weeks ago, late one night I was woken up by a loud thud only to find that the clock near the dining table had crashed onto the floor. The glass had shattered into a hundred little pieces and the wooden frame that gave it its antique look was broken too.

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Ever had a clock fall off the wall? The next time that happens, you may want to take it as an opportunity for an art and craft project.
Here's what you can do:
  1. Remove the clock hands (it's usually clipped on to or screwed into a little box (the clock's motor with the battery and all) behind the clock.
  2. Run to the art store and pick up some canvas
  3. Make a hole right in the middle of one
  4. Do a painting on it
  5. Fix the clock's motor to the back of the canvas and the hands, to the front and Voila! You have a one-of-a-kind  of clock-cum-artwork.
At the end of it, your original clock might look a little crippled; that doesn't matter, it's going to the dumpster.
PS: I suggest you choose a simple picture or design. If you have too much going on or dark colours in the background, you won't be able to see the hands of the clock from a distance.

20 June, 2012

Do you know where China is?

One day I was sitting slouched on the couch examining a toy when I read aloud from it, "Made in China." Then I just looked at my then almost-three-year-old and casually asked him, "Baby, do you know where China is?" 
I wasn't expecting an answer, neither was I expecting him to know it.  In answer he nodded his head and said, "Hmm... on the globe." I sat up straight and my eyes almost popped out. Wasn't he right! 
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His Vtech toy-globe. This is where China is. 
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