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Origami Kusudama Flower Folding Instructions - How to make an Origami Kusudama Flower Kusudama (translated as "medicine ball") were traditionally used as incense and poutpurri, from real flowers or herbs. Decorative kusudama are made by using folded paper origami units glued together. These instructions show how to make a simple kusudama flower. Twelve (12) of these flowers can be glued together to make a ball. Made this origami? You can watch our origami kusudama flower video instructions, or check out the step-by-step photos below. Origami Kusudama Flower Step 1: Start with a 6 inch x 6 inch (15cm x 15cm) square origami paper, color side down. Fold paper in half on the horizontal diagonal axis. Origami Kusudama Flower Step 2: Now fold both the right and left corners to the top. Origami Kusudama Flower Step 3: Now fold the edge BD onto the edge DE. Repeat on the left side: Origami Kusudama Flower Step 4: Place your finger in one of the outer pockets, and make a squash fold as shown in the next three photos. Repeat the squash fold on the left side: Page 1

Activities For Toddlers | Toddler Information and Articles How to support your child's learning JODIE BENVENISTE Our children are little learning machines - every day, and in almost every way, they're learning. And long before they get to school, all this activity helps them get ready for a more formal learning environment. Welcome the Brown Wiggle "Who ever thought they'd get to hang out as a Wiggle, even if it's just for a day or two?" Daycare and separation anxiety My toddler is starting daycare again soon and I am dreading the first few weeks because I know it is going to be a running battle. Should we teach our children to say 'sorry'? Andrew Whitehouse When Early Childhood Australia asked if children should be required to say sorry after doing something wrong, even though they may not understand what the word means, the reaction was swift, furious - and divided. VIDEO: Adorable toddlers slug it out Staff writers What’s cuter than one toddler dressed in a tae kwon do outfit? Letting toddlers call the shots Ethical dilemma Come scream with me

5 Hallmarks of Bad Parenting That Are Actually Good for Kids Anyone who grew up in the '80s knows that parenting used to be a whole other ball of wax. Allergies were rare, kids roamed the suburbs in roving bicycle gangs and unsupervised adventures were around every corner. Kids who grew up in the '90s couldn't leave the house without a speech on stranger danger and an extra dose of Flintstones vitamins, just in case. But it turns out there are some things that lazy/negligent parents kind of got right. Like ... #5. "Because I said so!" Every parent winds up saying this, whether they like it or not. No, in these situations it's best to quickly put your foot down and make it clear who's the boss. Getty"You lost, kid. The Surprising Benefit: Actually, science says that those fights provide excellent opportunities for your children to practice their reasoning, discussion and negotiation skills. GettyAlthough raising a wuss means you can force them to wear stupid costumes and dance for you. #4. Getty Everyone knows how damaging refined sugar is to kids.

Handprint Dragon Five handprints combined with some paper shapes (cut out using our template) produce this fantastic, fierce dragon - a fantastic craft for Chinese New Year or a China theme, a fairy tale theme, or even St George's Day or St David's Day. You will need: Coloured paper Handprint dragon template (below) Glue Small white circle stickers Black pen Large sheet of paper Print our template out onto card. Draw around your hand 5 times on coloured paper, and cut out. Variation: 1. 2. Pen Pals & Picture Books FUN AT HOME WITH KIDS Until I was a blogger, I honestly didn't know that that many kid activity blogs existed (prior to becoming a blogger, I did know about a few big blogs, like The Imagination Tree, The Artful Parent). Discovering all these new fabulous blogs and bloggers over the last four months inspired me to write a post profiling a set of them all at once. I hope you all will find it helpful and that it introduces you to several amazing blogs you didn't previously know about! And now, I present to you fifteen amazing kid activity blogs (in no particular order other than I put myself first - ha! Hi, I'm Asia! One of my favorite posts is about our DIY Sensory Boards. Hi, I'm Tammy! One of my favorite posts is Exploding Art - an exciting combination of both art and science. Hi, I'm Jen! Hi, I'm Jackie! One of my favourite posts would be our Rainbow Wind Chimes. Hi, I'm Cathy! Hi, I'm Shaunna! One of my favorite posts is Painting with Rocks, one of the posts in our R is for Rocks series. Hi, I'm Jamie!

Chinese Fan Craft This cute Chinese fan makes a good craft for a China theme or perhaps during the summer. Choose a pretty design like our butterflies, or perhaps decorate with Chinese characters for something a little more dramatic! You will need: A piece of paper about 1m by 20cm. Fax paper is ideal (we were fortunate enough to find an old Venetian blind which came ready pleated)Two wide popsicle sticksPVA (white) glueSticky tapeColouring pens Decorate your paper with the pens. ‘Pleat’ the paper into folds about 1 1/2cm wide. Glue a popsicle stick onto each end of the paper. Tape the bottom of the fan together. To open your fan, bring the popsicle sticks all the way round so that they meet.

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