When I told my friend, Valerie, that I was going to conduct a process art workshop for children based on her book, "I Hear You", the first thing she said to me was, "Rebecca, go hear them."


It was a fantastic 2-day Holiday Kids Process Art Workshop at TOUCH Childcare Hougang and TOUCH Childcare Clementi, for their Kindergarteners who were transiting to Primary School. It's so heartening to know that the principals and teachers share the same heart as CARTWHEELS in wanting to bring social-emotional learning into art programmes.


On the first day, we explored the emotions that we may feel, talk about them and learned to express ourselves based on the story, "I Hear You". And just as Valerie hoped, many voices were heard and we had lots of fun expressing our emotions through art and also hearing our friends' emotions.


On the second day, I had a wonderful time retelling "The Apple Tree Story"to the children and teach them to make their own apple tree. This story had been such a big part of my life in inspiring me and my work when I was a social worker. Each child's apple tree turned out so different with its own flavour and just like the Apple Tree, I hope the children discover their unique qualities as they grow!


CONTACT US at cartwheelssg@gmail.com if you're interested in having process art programmes at your school.


We having been volunteering at Safe Place since August 2020, an organisation that empowers women and families with unsupported pregnancies to make life-giving choices. It has always been a hope of mine to facilitate a Creative Workshop for mothers because my personal journey with process art brought me the much needed rest when I was a first-time mother.


As the Covid-19 safe distancing measures now allows for visitors, I am grateful for this opportunity to be able to interact with a small group of mums. Here are some of our monthly creative workshop activities:

We talked about sensory play for babies and made discovery bottles. Through making these discovery bottles, the uniqueness of each bottle brings about significance in the play and bonding with their children.









The creativity process brings growth in all areas of our lives and especially so in this session where we could have a conversation about our personal life values while making a Salt Art Jar.











It was a good time to reflect on 2020 during the Christmas season so as to gain strength for 2021. Every now and then, we will write down even the little things we are thankful for on our personalised Gratitude Boxes, and as they add up in the coming days, months and years, they will be an encouragement for those tough periods in life.






Inspired by Monet, we started off the year 2020 with creating our impressionist gardens of rest. It was a beautiful day painting in the garden. May these gardens of rest give us strength for the new year.











I hope this Creative Space set up for them once a month, brings rest and relaxation for these mums as much as it did for me.


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




I am very touched by the book. The drawings are beautiful and capture the emotions succinctly for children to be heard and attended to. - Juliana Toh
My children and I find the drawings very nice and the writing easy to understand. I also find the list of questions simple and useful to explore and have a conversation around the illustrations. - Elijah Sim
As adults, even the best of us may lack the awareness to understand and articulate our own emotions, much less to help children communicate theirs. This book could help parents and educators facilitate this important conversation with children - Robyn Tan
“I Hear You" might appear disarmingly simple and straightforward at first glance. However, slowing down like the beautifully illustrated snails, it is a must-read for all parents, caregivers and educators. To learn or relearn the importance of slowing down and hearing the children’s hearts. And hopefully, as they grow their voice, they will one day be able to say to us, “Thank you for hearing me.” - Fong Wei Kurk

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>>>