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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Magic of being a child

The "crystal maker" and the "crystals"

My girl has a funny little mechanical pencil lead box. It has a small rectangular concave hole all along the whole box. My girl would use a high lighter to colour the hole. Then she would pour glue into it to set. After a day, she would peel off the dried glue and she would have a coloured piece of something which she calls crystals. She calls this process "making crystals". Sometimes she uses different coloured high lighter to create multi coloured "cyrstals".

Her younger brother had been watching her with envy. So for his birthday, she asked for permission to go to her school bookshop to buy the same mechanical lead box for him. I said it was ok and gave her a dollar and some wrapping paper to wrap up her present.

The boy was very happy with this present. Yesterday he tried this "crystal making" process for himself. He made a green "cyrstal". I was in another room when he peeled off his "crystal" for the first time. However, he came running to show me and the look on his face was priceless.

It was a look of wonder, excitement and joy all mixed up together. It was a look of magic that only a child can possess. It made me laugh out loud just looking at him. Isn't it wonderful to be a child? Isn't it wonderful to be around a child?


  1. awww..your daughter is really a genius and your son is so adorable.

    and yes it's really wonderful to be children and to be around them..;)

  2. I loved reading this, especially hearing about how the "crystals" were made. My son is constantly doing creative things like this. Children have this enormous ability to unleash creativity in everything they do. Really glad I've held on to a small portion of that from my own childhood, lol!

  3. I am 24, and I just made the "crystal" just to see how it felts like, I had a few lead box just like the one in the pics :D


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