Thursday, August 9, 2012

Homework for Mommy

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      I have a pre-schooler and one day, he came home from school telling me that I have homework. Ganon ?!?

     It's their Foundation Day the day after next and their class is going to do a dance number. Their teacher said that they have to kulit their mothers to make their pompoms and crowns. 

     Now, that would have been easy. At Lots for Less, which is a five-minute commute from my office, straw pompoms cost less than 50 pesos and a plastic golden crown costs less. 

      But no, the Pompoms have to be made from dried banana leaves and the crown must be made from leaves too. Ayayay. Finding banana leaves would be difficult enough, it has to be dried banana leaves pa talaga. I love crafts but I'm a paper, glitter and glue kind of girl. I don't fancy working with natural materials. Sorry. 

      I almost had some officemates who were going on field to Davao del Norte, gather some dried banana leaves that they may find in the banana plantations along the way. Good thing, the teacher announced the next day that they should use green banana leaves instead. Salamat naman. 

       The yayas found some banana leaves within our subdivision. Kaya lang, they didn't get enough. By the time I got home, it was dark and raining and they couldn't get more. 

       I didn't know how to start. My grandmother said that I should iron the leaves so i did without asking why. Masunurin naman akong apo. Next, I put double-sided tape on the top of the leaves.

      Aliq was very happy to help. I didn't have to force him. Like me, he likes doing creative things with his hands. He cut the leaves for the fringes. Then, we put one leaf on top of the other.  

     I asked Aliq what the pompoms should look like and he said it has to have a stick because he doesn't want to hold the leaves. He is maarte that way. I had to think what could we use that we already have at home. I realized we can use the cylindrical paper in the center of a tissue roll. But our tissue rolls at home were coreless so instead we used the core of paper towels. 

      We then removed the tapes and rolled the leaves around each one, just dividing our leaves equally so each pompom would look similar. I covered the base of the leaf with some purple ribbon to make it more secure and to give it an extra ooommph. 

      The pompoms look decent naman. Then, the boys started playing with them. Nag-aagawan. Na-stress ako. Baka malagas na sya nang di pa nagagamit sa school. 

       Next, I had to make a crown. I wanted to make a base crown first and then I'd just glue on the leaves the next morning so that they would still look fresh. I also learned that I had to make two crowns para di mag-agawan at di ako ma-stress.

       I made the base crown using materials that I am more familiar with: black cartolina, foil paper and hot glue. I just drew a template in the cartolina, cut it and covered it with foil paper using hot glue. I resisted the urge to glue on beads because the teacher did say their props must be from nature. 

       Ayan ang dalawang makulit, naka-crown bago matulog. 

        The next day, my grandmother picked some leaves from outside and I hot glued them on Aliq's crown. 

           The crown looks "royal" enough for me. And it did look good under the sunshine. 

      The girls in their class had to wear a crown of flowers. That would have been easier. Pwedeng i-order yun. 

       Aliq of course came with his entourage. 

      For this Homework for Mommy, I am giving myself an "A". Hehehe. 


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