SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Going back to school may not be something the children look forward to after a long break, neither is it for the teachers! Teachers, we know it, for we are humans too. After a long break from endless noisy chatters and heightened senses to watch out for children’s safety, the thought of “here comes the next round” may affect us.
It is perfectly alright to share your honest thoughts with your children though not to the extent of depressing everyone to tears! However, you can share how much your enjoyed your time with your family, how you miss it and they may be feeling the same way too. You will be surprised at how children will connect to you better and some may even offer comfort or some may share how they are happy to be in school!
EASE THE START, BUT GET INTO IT QUICK
Start off gently without stressing everyone. Spend some time to get to know your children in class meaningfully through sincere conversation, activities or games. Do NOT use this as an excuse to DO NOTHING and waste time in the name of “transiting/ just get the rules right”. All good rules should lead to meaningful gains and enjoyment. No one can just sit down and be quiet for quiet's sake. Quietness should bring about enjoyment of a book, engagement in a fun activity or perhaps an opportunity to choose a desired learning corner. In short, following your rules should bring about something positive in class and not just to avoid your anger.
As much as you feel great inertia, getting the “engine” started will help ease children, and even you, into school routines quick! If it's in the schedule to read, read. If it is in the schedule to teach, teach. You get the idea! The content for teaching do not need to start with the most complicated, but start.
EXCITE YOURSELF, EXCITE THE CLASS
This is my little secret to get myself excited at the brand-new year. I usually plan something fun for my class in conjunction with the theme or book that we are on. I love parties and so I remember planning for a ladybug party at the end of January when we were on the book of The Grouchy Ladybug. Oh, I could not have been more happy and excited as I weaved something I enjoyed with my work! Different things excite us. What is yours? Is it possible to share your passion, things that you enjoy with your class? 😊
Finally, SLEEP EARLY. At the start, avoid late nights so that your will not tire yourself. It gets to even the best of us when we are tired. Knowing that your may dread school when you are tired, avoid it. By ensuring good night sleep for at least the first week of school where the emotions are the hardest, we tried out best in “immunizing” ourselves against negative feelings.
All the best to a great new year – 2018!
Yes, is there such a thing, you wonder??!
Well, if you want it to be a meaningful holiday that revolves and caters to your family, there is.
If you want a fuss free holiday, then no. But then again, fuss free with kids? That’s an oxymoron. That’s like saying pretty ugly in one breath!
Ok, so let’s just get to the point.
1) HOMEWORK – GOOGLE!
What do you think years of primary, secondary and tertiary schooling trained you for? LOL! Homework is essentially something you lived and breathed for years, and I assure you, its well worth the effort to do homework/research beforehand.
When you google, you get to hear of places that you won’t see in lonely planet. Will you get to find the best indoor playground, hipster café or homestays with slides in your lonely planets?
How to Search?
1.1 Check if you are going at the right time, or at least an acceptable time.
1.2 If you want to go to a destination with kids, google “(your destination) with kids”. It will bring you through to many blogs which you can skim through and make you selection of what you like.
1.3 If you know their native language, search in the destination’s native language! For example, going to Taiwan, search in Mandarin. If you know Japanese and are going to Japan, search in Japanese. The resources in the home language DEFINITELY triumph!
1.4 Print out a map and mark the places and google estimated travel time. *Being in a small but beautiful Singapore for too long, we tend to neglect this phenomenal point of consideration. Once you do this, you may have to adjust your itinerary a little. For myself, my children are not trained for long car rides in SG and do not quite see the point to train them for that on a holiday (perhaps when they are older).
1.5 Decide on your mode of transport. It really largely depends on the country that you’re going to.
1.6 Choose a highlight for everyone. Is there something your old folks really enjoy? Choose it. Is there something the young ones would really enjoy? Choose it. Is there something unique or fun you can do together and not what you usually would in SG? When you do that, it’s a very simple message of “I remembered you when I planned”.
In other words, you can be on a tight budget, but find something to “surprise” and “treat” yourself. You have already spent much planning and spending to get there. Its worth it. I still remember hang gliding from the Swiss alps during my honeymoon trip.
1.7 Plan your days with a mixture of fast-paced and spaced out. Even on a holiday, everyone needs to breathe and rest. Why not all spaced out and just chill and relax? If doing nothing and relaxing is your family’s gift, by all means, go ahead. For my young children, having nothing and staying in the hotel for long long long hours is absolute pain and discipline issues ERUPT.
1.8 Tourist destination tickets often have deals online at third party website like Klook. Some have clauses like having to buy at least one day in advance etc. Don’t leave it to the last minute.
2) PACKING LIST
2.1 It helps to start a packing list while you plan. Jot down the essentials, first aids and activity or snack pack. For activity and snack pack, with children chances are you will need it. With the packing list right beside, you can easily add or make notes.
2.2 Don’t pack diapers. Bring a few and buy the rest at destination country if you’re going for long trips, this will make more sense.
2.3 Command and control the packing. Don’t let the man do it! Likely, they will miss out something and when you realise it at your holiday destination… Too late. Of course, this is a generalised statement! If your spouse is better at packing and looking into everyone’s needs, then lucky you, let him do it. Point is, pack well. Not overpacked, but sufficient to keep everyone’s needs met.
3) CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME
3.1 Choose a flight that is most comfortable for all, take into consideration everyone’s sleep/wake schedule.
3.2 Plane rides gone wrong can start all on a wrong footing. But even if that happens, its alright, which leads us to the next point.
4) LEARN THIS PHRASE “IT’S OK!”
4.1 You are already at your long-awaited destination, don’t get upset over the nitty gritty that did not go your way. If you did not get the best price, so be it. Let it go! If you got misunderstood, think about it, resolve it if possible then shrug it off. It’s ok!
4.2 Kids having melt down? Take control of the situation. Loving but firm. Don’t start blame game now.
4.3 Hubby, grandpa, child, whoever messed up something… Learn to say “it’s ok”. This is part of traveling together. 😊
5) DRAWING/WRITING BOOK
If your child is of the age to draw and write, you may want to bring a writing/drawing book along. I brought it when we went Bali and my 4 year old drew pictures of things she did. Her grandpa chipped in and coloured it with her. Little moments like these are precious.
Do not use it as an end goal in mind. Use it as a form of expression for your child. Just like you use photos and Facebook, they too can express their thoughts and feelings.
6) BE THANKFUL
For that fact that we are discussing about holiday which makes it seem like a norm, be thankful. Have you watched American Idol and X factor? Some Americans have never travelled out of their country, some Brits have not travelled out of Britain.
Do you know your friend/ neighbour haven’t travelled in a while? Don’t take things for granted. You are doing something that is truly for the privileged in this world – traveling! Moreover, you are doing it with your loved ones. You know what is precious about that? The fact that… You have loved ones. *heart*
Have a happy holiday!
~Esther Eio, Director, Curriculum Plus
Watch Out, Parents and Preschoolers!
Before we stepped into Artground, we heard children excited voices and that made my 5 year old super excited. The moment we stepped in, we saw children running around happily. Chaotic, you might say. Yet no one was hurt, children were just immersed in the open space for them. Space is something children love!
We were greeted by the space, inviting colours and some exhibits which children are welcome to interact with. That means, they can climb, play and hide in it unlike many museum exhibits which are only meant for gentle touch. The current display is “I SΦ with my Little Eye”, which looks at the golden ratio that often appears in visual patterns in the natural environment around us.
These exhibits are changed three times a year and entrance is FREE! A clean and safe environment for little crawler, walkers and runners alike. Artground is Singapore’s newest multi-disciplinary arts center designed for children 12 and under. There are 4 venues for children to explore. There is a stage with a beautiful spiral that winds up towards the stage and that is the Baby Stage, for little ones to hang out and explore.
The second venue is the Ground Floor, it has a climbing frame exhibits, magnetic walls, origami corner at the time of visit. It is meant for the older children to touch, feel and explore.
“Is there anything to do there?” my daughter would ask before visiting a place. Yes! Every weekend, there are activities conducted and these activities are conducted in the third venue, WhiteBox. These activities are announced two weeks in advance on their website, https://theartground.com.sg/events/category/events/ongoing-events/. There is a variety of groups and activities. Some of these events look really exciting especially for parents with a year old child who sense that the child loves exploring and wonder what you can really do; these ticketed parent-child events are a small price to pay to try out and expose your little one!
When we were there a local arts group, The Kueh Tutus, was invited and my daughter was so intrigued, she smuggled herself into group which was actually meant for the invited preschool, Cherie Hearts. The children were initially unsure or even puzzled on what they needed to do. There were two performers who wanted to find each other and they could only move if tiles were laid in front of them. Instructions were given by a recording that resembles computer games instruction. It was ingenious to combine performing arts and computer games. I was initially worried for the children and artist (it was afterall a media preview showcase) but the performers were unfazed. Some minutes on, children spoke to each other, observed and figured out how to interact with the performers who were silent. It was beautiful to watch you witness children’s thoughtful looks and finally excitement to place the mats to help the performers reach each other. Strangely, I felt relief for the performers too.
Finally, before we left, we had a little walk around The Good Garden, the fourth venue of the Artground. This is where we want to shout out to preschools! They have learning journeys with activity sheets, and currently to teach geometry (shapes) through arts and nature. Do check them out, https://theartground.com.sg/learning-journeys-isphi/ ! If you school is also interested in arts, be it visual or performing arts, Artground has another purpose of developing local artist. This means, there are in contact with a pool of local artists and they can link you with the artist and the space (themselves). It is worth thinking and exploring.
Artground has a mission to develop audience and to develop local artists, and it is developed in collaboration with National Arts Council. When I spoke to Ms Luanne Poh, the director, she was previously with the Esplanade working on the project PLAYtime! She has a good understanding of what parents or preschoolers and preschools are looking for. Hopefully, this is a good avenue of collaboration for your school.
For a start, if you would like to visit, the address and opening hours are stated below.
Artground, Goodman Arts Center
Block J #01-40
90 Goodman Road
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 9.30am – 5pm
Fridays-Sundays & P.H. 9.30am – 6pm
*Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
~by Esther, your friend at Preschool Market
This year Special Treats not only brought discounts and promotions to teachers but also provided educators with a chance to preview learning journeys destinations. Here’s a review of the educator’s preview conducted:
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Musuem
On the 29th of September 2017, a group of preschool educators attended an insightful and informative guided tour at the NUS Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. Spanning over 2 storeys, the museum is filled with many unique real specimens and artefacts featuring the biodiversity and highlighting environmental issues in Southeast Asia. From giant flowers like Rafflesia, to the tiniest crab, the educators were constantly marveled by the rich biodiversity in the region and beyond.
What is a natural history museum without dinosaurs? Children will be fascinated by the 3 huge real dinosaurs fossils on display. They are so big that they are best photographed from the second storey! Children will even have a chance to touch a real dinosaur fossil and try lifting a human palm-sized meteorite.
Besides dinosaurs, children will get to see a crocodile skeleton, elephant skull and a sperm whale skeleton that was defleshed and preserved by staff of NUS LKC NHM themselves. The team spent about 3 months working on the project and visitors can view the video on the process on the 2nd storey.
Each exhibit has clear legends and also signages on which ones are for touching and which are not. However, nothing beats having a knowledgeable guide pointing out nuggets of information like differences between venomous and poisonous, how to differentiate alligators and crocodiles, intelligence of octopuses and many more.
If you would like to learn more about natural history, do join our last Educator's Preview for the year at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Musuem on 24 November. Sign up now: https://goo.gl/forms/WEqD3ZpRZ9sMKxeq1
Wildlife Reserves Singapore - Reptopia
2 groups of educators went on a cosy and informative session at Reptopia – a relatively new exhibit at the Singapore Zoological Gardens. It was a visual treat at Reptopia – from beautiful brightly coloured chameleons to well-camouflaged lizards and majestic pythons. There is bound to be something that will intrigue the little ones. Teachers were greeted by a friendly education officer who led us to a very knowledgeable zookeeper. There are also many interesting nuggets of information around the exhibition zone and the experienced zookeeper pointed out what would interest the children.
Most reptiles are quiet and good at camouflage, thus the exhibition area is designed to help the animals feel safe but also allow visitors to spot them easily. Each habitat area is also designed with more than one species to stimulate a more realistic natural living condition. Snakes are kept in a double-glassed cave, where they feel enclosed but yet in plain view together with lizards. There are also viewing domes where visitors can come face to face with a reptile yet maintain a safe distance.
Most of the exhibit is indoors so it is great for all weather. There is also a newly renovated area where children can get up close and personal with their favourite reptile in a comfortable manner.
Mount Faber and Behind the scenes with Cable Car
Cable cars rides are always a treat for children and a group of educators were very privileged to join an exclusive Singapore Cable Car Learning Journey and Back-of-House Tour kindly organised by One Faber Group.
Not only did teachers get to enjoy the superb view and learn about the workings of the cable car, they also got to go on a short 10mins hike to Faber Peak. Along the way, participants learnt more about the history of Singapore through 16 different murals. This special journey also presented a chance to visit 2 out of 7 Merlion statues in Singapore, one at Faber Peak and another at Sentosa Merlion Plaza.
At Mount Faber Station, participants got to review how cable cars evolved over the years. Currently, Singapore is using our 4th generation cable cars. However, there is a 3rd generation cable car on display where participants could see that it had a glass bottom cable car cabin, back to back seating and automatic doors etc.
The maintenance area at both Mount Faber and Sentosa station is an eye-opener where the guide showed how cable cars are monitored, maintained and regulated day to day. From there, we also learnt that cable cars actually stay stationary along the cables and it is the ropes used to transport the cable cars that moved instead!
This learning journey is not only relaxing but also highly educational for children to learn about the heritage and history of Singapore.
We wish to hear from you!
Let us know your views on educational previews. This survey will only take 5mins. https://goo.gl/forms/Ml7hM4YbIFTl3H3g2. We might just make it happen in 2018!
Year End Treats: Special Screening for Chicken Little on 22 Nov
Singapore Repertory’s Theatre’s Chicken Little is opening Wednesday 25 October. This well-loved tale on adventures of a chicken who thought the sky was falling and his loyal friends presents opportunities for children to discuss about their fears and how to overcome them.
Preschool Educators can also enjoy a free show on 22 Nov 2pm. Limited seating available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets now.
Educators can also purchase discounted tickets for Category 1 and 2 tickets on 25 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov and 18 Nov 2017. More information at http://www.preschoolmarket.com/specialtreats17_srt.html.
With the support of ECDA (Early Childhood Development Agency) and WSG (Workforce Singapore), Preschool Market collaborated with AECES (Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore)) to curate an exclusive Thank You kit for all Early Childhood Educators across the 1800 kindergartens and childcares in the nation.
After a successful campaign last year, the team gathered feedback and rolled out an enhanced version of Special Treats which a physical voucher booklet, a credit card-sized Early Childhood Special Treats Card and a web application for Educators to view the range of promotions on the go.
Through many months of hardwork, the team managed to gather more than 80 promotions and discounts to reward and appreciate the hard work of early childhood educators. There is a wide range of merchants from wellness and eateries to shopping and excursions and even a day trip to Malaysia.
Gakken Asia has also kindly sponsored Gakken blocks for all preschools to participate in the Gakken Block Challenge, whereby 10 Preschools will stand a chance to win Gakken Blocks worth $300. We would like to congratulate the winners who collected their prizes at the Early Childhood Conference. These creative blocks are also on sale at shop.preschoolmarket.com - enjoy 20% off with the coupon code: SHOPNOW .
Educators also participated in exclusive Educators’ Preview by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, OneFaber Group and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Musuem. Natural History Musuem kindly opened up another preview on 24 November, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/WEqD3ZpRZ9sMKxeq1.
Many of the treats extend beyond September! Do continue to use the treats! Also, do take 3 mins to give us your feedback on Specials Treats to help us bring more exciting treats to you: https://tinyurl.com/specialtreats2017. Stand a chance to win $15 Yogane voucher with your feedback!
Indeed “A Teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart”, through Teachers’ Day Campaign 2017, we hope that teachers will feel that they are appreciated for all the hard work they’ve put in into young ones and will continue to inspire our next generation.
A big thank you to all our educators!
We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the supporting merchants!
It was a buzzing weekend at Maker Faire 2017 where it was held in conjunction with Science Centre’s 40th Anniversary. Preschool Market is honoured to curate a space for pre-schoolers to be inspired and showcase their creativity with CreArTech.
Children were first treated to a 3D hologram story of Karung Guni Boy - the touching story written by Lorrainne Tan and wonderfully illustrated with cardboard images by Eric Wong. Children were fascinated by the 3D story that seems to pop out at them and could be viewed from 3 directions. Thank you folks at 3DforKids for the experience!
At Tinker Kit X Playmaker, children let their creative juices flow as they decorate their very own cat headband with various materials and light up the ears with LED bulbs. They then bring home their creations to inspire them to create more with art and technology!
Preschools also showcased their recycled games at Garden of Games, where they played their part for the environment through upcycling of unwanted materials such as cardboards, pipes, wooden chopsticks, foam mats and more. Young Smarties, started by a stay-at-home mum, helped to facilitate the play by the children and also showcased some self-made play and learning materials. Children also got a chance to try out technology toys from IMDA's Playmaker Project.
Enthusiastic community partners also joined us at our space.
Making Project: Paper Making
Once again, paper-artist Ricky wowed the crowd with his intricate and creative designs. Young and old were intrigued to see how plain paper can be turned into 3D pop-up, paper automata and how tetrapaks can be used to create upcycled books! Children also had fun playing with interactive games made out of paper.
Making Project: ArKIDecture Beep SG
What has a hydraulic arm got to do with Architecture? An architect with a passionate heart, Albert initiated ArKIDecture Beep SG to spread the love of design and problem solving with children. Using design principals and inspiration that DaVinci innovated, Albert and his team shared their love for building through the process of how they created a Fluid driven hydraulic Arm that is able to move and rotate.
Community Project: Dream Big Playgrounds
Under the lead of Big Dreamer, Sarah Lee-Wong, DreamBig Playgrounds returned for the second year with bigger dreams and bigger hearts. DBPG 2017: Let's All Play Together featured innovative inclusive playground design proposals by homeschooling designers aged 6-10 years old. Visitors to the booth not only learnt more about inclusiveness, the design and thought process of the young designers but also had a chance to sketch out their own dream playground!
Once again, we would like to thank all our partners for helping us make our space possible – 3D for Kids, ArKIDecture Beep SG, Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore), DreamBIG Playgrounds, Early Childhood Development Agency, Infocomm Media Development Agency, Paper Artist – Ricky, Tri-Wall, Young Smarties and the preschools which participated in Garden of Games - PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Bukit Batok East Blk 241 and Agape Little Uni@ Seng Kang. Many thanks to Maker Faire Singapore for the chance to participate as a community partner for a second year!
The Maker Faire is indeed a space to invoke passion and creativity where young and old get excited about tinkering with their hands and hearts for the good of the community at large.
To learn more about other happenings at Maker Faire 2017, do visit www.facebook.com/makerfairesingapore.
Oh, reading! You just cannot describe enough the value of reading! Reading is a skill to communicate, it is a means to gain knowledge, and it is a way to understand different people.
So why are we not reading?
If you are a parent or a teacher with little lives under your charge, please do take a minute to consider how you can add books AND reading into your little ones’ lives.
Some of us spend so much on enrichment for our kids to gain skills that we do not have, like ballet, violin, taekwondo etc. Yet, for the skills we possess, have we made a conscious effort to pass it on?
READ A VARIETY
Read different kinds of books - fiction, non-fiction, classic fables, stories from different cultures, read books in your mother tongue and whatever you may think of.
Reading just one genre does not extend the value that BOOKS have to offer. Reading just one genre can instead restrict one’s thoughts. So let’s embrace a variety and what books have to offer.
Can young children understand a non-fiction? Yes! My 2.5 year old recently saw paratroopers at the Army Open House and was mesmerised. He started to ask about parachutes. At the library, he was restless as a toddler could be while I searched for books. As soon as I took hold of an information book on parachutes, he sat down silently flipping through the pages, deeply engrossed. This book has been his favourite for a week now.
Read according to your child’s interest at that moment. A while back, we read about motorbikes and you will be surprised how children can finish off the sentences in the book, name the parts when they see one in real life!
ENJOY THE HUMOUR AND RHYMES
We all need to laugh a little more, enjoy and savour life a little more. Books have that to offer. Some books are hilarious, some play with the English language beautifully. Dr Seuss books are wacky, unconventional in style and love to play with the language.
If you would like to start your young ones with beautiful rhymes, try Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? If you have a kindergartener, your child may like a silly story of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie or the super fascinating, If I Build A House by Chris Van Dusen.
READ CRITICALLY, IMPART VALUES
You may not always agree with the values presented in some books. Yes, that’s where you as the older, wiser being have a role to play. Some fables or classic stories may not have the best of values as it was written to reflect some preferences and state of the society of that era. When you read them, you can have a discussion with your child about the actions and values portrayed. For example, through Jack and the Beanstalk, you can have a discussion on whether Jack should have stolen from the Giant. For me, I shared plainly that I do not agree with Jack, because he stole. Hansel and Gretel, is another book that may come across morbid. But these books have become classic tales and I do expose my 5 year old to them. However, we also have a post-reading discussion. We talk about our feelings and whether we agree with the characters in the stories. You do not need to like everything you read. You can disagree!
BOOKS HELP TO RELATE
You can even use books to help children to relate to some of the things happening in their lives, such as starting school, having a new baby, having to stop some bad habits, starting potty training to name a few. Books can be an easy way to introduce or talk about what is happening and going to happen.
WON’T SIT? HOW ABOUT MOVEMENT BOOKS?
My toddler shuts books when we took them out! We left it as it is, as we did not introduce it to him at a younger age. When he was 20 months, we read a book with lots of actions and that sparked his acceptance and interest in books. That book was From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. Besides movement books, there are so many books with flaps and different touch-and-feel books in our library! The collections there are well maintained and many are new.
Can you believe that you will be given FREE BOOKS and CD by just signing up for library membership and borrowing six books? Well, here’s the catch, this National Library Board program is only for babies born 2016 onwards. I must say I was tempted to have another baby. Grab this opportunity to jumpstart reading with your young ones or share this information with someone you know with a baby born 2016 onwards.
Why not give your child a skill, enjoyment and means to learn – reading. :)
This article is contributed by
Ms Esther Eio
Director of Programs & Curriculum
Do we grow then throw?
Gardens are starting to return to schools and it is a growing trend because the benefits of gardening are unmistakable. Nature has power to calm children. Being in touch with nature can be therapeutic.
Our all-time-favorite green beans planting are something most of us experienced growing up. It hopes to teach us about plants. However, it is ironic that the lesson is usually abandoned right after it sprouts. Do plants grow and die simply to amuse us? Surely, there is something more.
Gardening is a wholesome approach. Gardening gives us sufficient time and space to watch plants grow and fruit. It helps us to see the full development of plant life. Besides developing respect for plant life, gardening has many other benefits.
It is a science lesson encompassed with a life skill – growing food.
With so many positive benefits, why not give it a shot?Through gardening, it cultivates patience in children. It helps them to comprehend that food is the fruit of labour. It teaches us to wait.
Gardening is a mild to moderate form of physical activity. Plus, children will definitely be exposed to the sun from gardening!
With a garden, you will have a chance to eat from it. Can your food get more organic than this? It inevitably encourages us to eat healthily.
Think that gardening is only for the countryside or experts? Many gardens have sprouted in schools and housing areas around Singapore. It is possible.
With so many positive benefits, why not give it a shot?
A Garden In Every Preschool
Unsure how to begin? Fret not. Preschool Market has a toolkit prepared for educators like you!
The toolkit includes:
To retrieve a set of tool kit, email email@example.com
This article is contributed by
Ms Esther Eio
Director of Programs & Curriculum
From 16 May 2017, children would have a chance to experience spaces at home from a whole new angle with Playeum’s latest exhibition – “Making It Home”. Put together by Creative Director and Pedagogical Adviser Dr Esther Joosa and Playeum’s team of Playmaker, the rooms in the house was reimagined through consultations with children themselves. On the wall outside, there are sketches of children’s ideas and inside the Centre, these ideas are incorporated into the various exhibits. Look out for them!
If you have been to Playeum before, you will experience a refreshing welcome as you step through its door, the original Price and Info Panel has made way for a water feature, photo wall and reading nook for children and parents who wish to have some quiet time.
Moving on the Store-y Room which represents the storeroom is a treat for sight and sound as children can experience painting with light and creating sounds with household stuff.
The laundry room is a quiet space for children to explore various textures through weaving and there is even a self-made kaleidoscope to play with!
Linking up with The Laundry Room is The Kitchen where the sights, sounds and textures are presented in familiar yet creative ways. Immerse in the sounds of frying and eating, playing with “fridge” magnets, and cooking up a storm with sand play.
The Bedroom is a dreamy space where children can let their imagination loose and play pretend with the various props in the bedroom just like how they do in their own bedroom. It is also a cozy corner where they just relax and dream a little dream.
The Future Living Room is a space where children can look to the future of homes and explore with shapes and textures to create their own stories on a multi-screen “television” of the future. There is also an environmental light feature made out of used plastic cups. Look out for a similar one in The Kitchen.
All the rooms are connected through The Central Space where children create connections using PVC pipes, representing the hidden pipes system in every home. There is also a memory game made of drain covers with hidden pictures of the various scenes in the Centre.
The Playmaking Space is always a hit with the children where they can get some tinkering done with the materials provided. A special twist in this exhibition is the pulley system pails where some materials are placed. The concept is to create interaction among the children as they go about their tinkering. True to Playeum’s belief on upcycling, there’s also a recycle bin for the public to drop off paper and plastics that can be reused for making.
Indeed, this exhibition provides a myriad of opportunities for children to express their creativity and engage in conversation with each other, just like how a home nurtures every individual. Dr Esther also shared that the spaces were designed with multiple intelligences in mind, do try and identify which intelligence each space cater for.
Playeum has trained Playmakers facilitating children’s experience in each of the room and accompanying adults can just join in the play.
School groups are very welcome to go experience play the Playeum way, where teachers can enjoy taking a step back to observe their students’ creativity unleashed. For information on school and group booking: http://www.playeum.com/booking-form.
Playeum's Children's Centre for Creativity
Making It Home
Address: Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444
Dates: 16 May - 29 October 2017
Opening Hours: Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Admission: $22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10
DBS Employees: 20% off child and additional adult admission
Capitaland Employees: 20% off child and additional adult admission
UOB Cardholders: 20% off child admission
eXplorerkid Membership: 15% off child admission
POSB Baby Bonus Nets Card: 1-for-1 child admission deal
Nearest MRT Station (5 to 10 minutes walk): Labrador Park Station (Circle Line)
Nearest Bus Stop (3 minutes walk): Along Alexandra Road, Opposite Alexandra Point (Bus Stop Number 15059) - Available Buses: 51, 57, 61, 83, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963E
*Free Parking on Sundays.
On 21 April, some 330 children gathered at Kinderland Serangoon to commemorate Earth Day through a series of activities. This also kickstarted the Resource Sharing initiative facilitated by NEA and various industry partners. We were very glad that Minister for Social and Family Services, Mr Tan Chuan Jin was there to grace the event and participate in the activities.
The children learnt about reusing and recycling through the story Karang Guni Boy and created City in a Garden and artwork using recycled materials. They also made terrariums to share the joy of greenery with those around them. Through the activities, we aimed to create awareness of 3s – Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
The Resource Sharing initiative also promoted these values as we turn one man’s junk into another’s treasure. About 40 preschools benefitted from this initiative as they collected wooden pallets, cardboards, bottle caps, kitchen towel rolls, etc. These preschools plan to re-purpose these materials and create useful items out of them.
As Minister Tan shared, the essence of Start Small Dream Big is to instil in children that everyone can play a part in doing good for the community. Indeed, no one can do everything but everyone can do something. Together, we can make the earth and our community a better place for all.
Team @ Preschool Market
We are just very passionate for the Early Childhood sector!