When we met a year ago during a playdate, my dear friend Valerie, had been holding some precious words in her heart about connecting with a child's emotions and she has used those words to write a beautiful children's story. A family therapist by profession and now a mother of 2 beautiful daughters, Valerie wrote "I Hear You" from her experience working with children and also as a parent wanting to be present and connected to her children's emotions. I feel so honoured that she chose me to illustrate and publish the book.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?

"I Hear You" is children's book about giving a voice to a children's emotional world by exploring 8 emotions a child might feel through the eyes of a snail. It hopes to offer meaningful conversations with children as we engage in their emotional world.


Inside the book, you will also find

  • A list of CONVERSATION STARTERS for exploring the illustrations

  • Inspiration for using the book to talk about emotions through CREATIVE EXPRESSION

  • Our paperback book of 24 pages, measures 14.8cm X 21cm / ISBN 978-981-14-7861-1


THE I HEAR YOU CREATIVE CRAFT KIT


One thing that Valerie and I strongly believe in is that one way to kickstart and facilitate such conversations is through creative expression. And it's amazing how CARTWHEELS fits into the picture. So we also came up with a CREATIVE CRAFT KIT to go along with the book which children can explore to create a snail artwork. To our amazement, the craft kits have all sold out but do contact us if you will like to order them in bulk.

Inside the kit you will find:

  • I Hear You Book ISBN 978-981-14-7861-1

  • Air-dry clay in 12 colours (10g/small pack)

  • Pom-poms and felt fabric shapes

  • Wooden craft sticks

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Emoticon stickers

  • A digital copy of an emotions chart

  • I Hear You Bookmark




GIVE A CHILD THE GIFT OF BEING HEARD AND ATTENDED TO:


This book hopes to inspire every parent or caregiver to slow down to hear the voice of a child, to have a meaningful conversation together.


ORDER "I HEAR YOU" TODAY>>>


My friends and family have been urging me to write a book on art activities for kids for some time already. A very wise person also encouraged me to write a little everyday and somehow I managed to finish writing the book in 2 months during the circuit break (or lockdown). And I think the final motivation was to empower and equip parents to create art with their children at home because I find that art is a restful activity for the family and it also develops an important skill for life - creativity.


WHAT'S THE BOOK ABOUT?

The "Creative Art for Toddlers" book is about engaging your child as young as 20 months old in starting his or her creative journey though Process Art. Process Art is art that focuses on the process rather than the outcome. This makes Process Art perfect for parents and toddlers. Parents don't need to be trained artists to make art a part of their home while toddlers can create freely without pressure of outcomes. There is fun learning through the exploration of materials, he or she thinks and creates. Literacy and social emotional skills are developed through creative expression. And most importantly, the parent and child enjoys the activities together.


Inside the book, you will find:

  • 10 process art activities

  • Basic materials and instructions

  • Questions you can ask you child to keep them engaged

  • Ways to adapt the activities as your child grows


THE TODDLER ART STARTER KIT


The feedback given about the book, was that it will be great to put together an art starter kit to complement the book because most parents ask questions about the kind of paint, paper and paintbrushes to buy for their children. Hence, I specially curated a set of basic art materials for parents to set up a creative space at home.

Inside the kit, you will find:

  • Creative Art for Toddlers Book  ISBN 978-981-14-7053-0

  • 4 x Tempera paint in 100ml bottles of blue, red, yellow, white

  • 12-count watercolour paint 

  • 12-count oil pastels 

  • A set of paintbrushes of various sizes

  • 20 sheets of A3 135gsm paper 

  • 1 pair of blunt-tip child scissors 

  • 1 White glue 40ml

  • 1 set of dot stickers and washi tape


WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS KIT


The kit is not just a once-off project, but with quality supplies and tools that can last, it can be used at your own comfortable pace over a period of time and even together with older siblings. Since toddlers grow so fast, you can even re-visit the same project by using some of the suggested variations, still engage your child in creating.

GIVE A CHILD THE GIFT OF CREATIVITY

Gift a child a creative space at home with quality materials. Gift a child a creative journey with fun open-ended art play. It's a wonderful kit for a child transitioning into the terrific twos and also for the child who is already in the important period of brain development from 2 to 6 years old. This kit will help the family kickstart their creative journey, bonding and building connections through art conversations!


ORDER YOUR TODDLER ART STARTER KIT TODAY>>>

Part of our mission at CARTWHEELS is to inspire the community with hope and promote mental wellness.  To celebrate CARTWHEELS turning ONE in September, we participated in the

“Build-a-little-home” campaign organised by New Hope Community Services,

a registered charity that provides shelter to the homeless and empowering them towards a positive change. CARTWHEELS donated $10 of every Toddler Art Starter Kit purchased to this fundraising project. Each kit also came along with a cardboard HOPE HOUSE which is a money savings box for kids to make and decorate. The savings can then be donated to the campaign. 


At the end of September, the kids collected about $60 in their cardboard HOPE HOUSE through saving their daily pocket money and by doing household chores. I also promised to match them dollar-for-dollar. Also CARTWHEELS pledged $200 in donation from the sales from our Toddler Art Starter Kits in September. Altogether we donated $320 to the campaign!


Initially I thought it was such a small amount by my son was so happy when we looked through the list of how our donation could help one resident with a month's rental ($200), sponsor a life skills training programme at the shelter ($100) and also sponsor one daily meal and hygiene product ($20). He broke down the amounts all by himself!


I'm really proud of the kids who were so enthusiastic about the campaign. They asked me who we are helping next!


A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who have support and contributed to the fundraising campaign. Creativity can have a significant purpose! Thank you everyone for celebrating with us!

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