Kristo and I were supposed to watch Transformers 2 last night in the IMAX Theater of Mall of Asia. When we got there at 6pm, tickets were sold out for both evening screenings! 😦 So i told him that there were no more tickets at IMAX but…we could watch in the regular cinema. Kristo’s response: “Sa regular ba, andun din Transformers?” (If we watch in the regular cinema, will the Transformers still be there?) I found that really cute! So I explained it to him, and then he said “Sige, regular na lang, pareho naman pala eh” (Sure, regular is ok, since it’s the same anyway). It’s just refreshing to see how kids think. 🙂 We enjoyed the movie, he really enjoyed seeing Bumble Bee in action. I covered his eyes quite a number of times and he was totally cool with it — he knows that when I do, it means he isn’t supposed to see something. Seeing his toys in action plus a big bag of popcorn made for a good movie date with mommy, I think 🙂
After the movie, we went to Kiddy’s Arts Town. This is right infront of Q Power Station and Mister Donut, pretty near the Music Hall. It’s in the wing that’s got Burger King, Powerbooks and Adidas.
Kristo and I tried rubber art before and we really enjoyed it, so I thought it would be a good activity to cap our date (plus it would also double as art class for us!). If you haven’t seen or done this, let me take a shot at encouraging you to try it out. First, you choose from the wide range of pattern designs, as seen in the photo. Small characters (first two rows) are P120, the bigger ones (last two rows) are P180. That’s all you got to pay really. So I asked Kristo to choose what he wanted to work on and he picked out a small robot. Good choice. Then the attendant transferred the picture he chose on a metal plate, then gave us a set of rubber paint (that’s what she called it), cotton buds (eraser) and tooth picks (to spread the paint).
Kristo went straight to it and chose his first color and part to paint. We started out by both of us squeezing the paint out of the bottle, then I’d use the toothpick to spread the paint or erase overflows (there’s a black border and we obviously had to paint within the black lines! hehe! Art 101) Then when he felt comfortable enough, he wanted to squeeze the paint bottle without my help. He knew when to stop and how much to squeeze out. Very impressive. I’d still do some of the spreading and erasing.
When we were half-way done, he said he’d do the spreading and erasing as well. That’s one thing I’ve noticed about Kristo lately. First, he wants to know how something is done. Then he’s gonna observe, then try it out with my help. When’s he’s got the hang of it, he wants to try it alone. 🙂 That’s how it’s been for a lot of things lately — from taking a bath, making his drink, dressing up and so much more! It’s been such a joy seeing him do things on his own. Lately, he’s also been asking about driving. That I think, will have to wait for a couple more years! 🙂
After a few minutes in his ‘masterpiece in progress, please do not disturb’ mode – this is what he came up with! 🙂 One of the most beautiful art pieces I have ever seen! (I say ‘one of the’ because, he’s come up with quite a number of cool pieces the past couple of years — which are all on display at my office desk and room at home!)
Anyway, the next step in this process is baking the rubber creation in an oven toaster for half a minute. Then, it is dipped in cold water. Voila, the finished product…..
This is the newest addition to Kristo’s art wall beside my desk. We discovered that if we flip it, it really looks good too! so either side is fine, but Kristo and I agreed that we like the flat clean side better 🙂 So now, Spongebob Squarepants, the whale that ate Jonah and his red car have a new friend.
So for mommies, daddies, aunties and uncles…this might be an activity you’d wanna consider for your kiddiewinkles. 🙂 It’s fun and the price you pay is reasonable 🙂
* This is not a paid blog for any of the establishments I mentioned in this blog. This was written for the sole purpose of telling other mommies and daddies about these great discoveries*