Unveiled just two weeks ago, Playeum’s newest exhibition, “GOING PLAY-CES: A Wanderful Exploration of New Lands”, lives up to its name with six curiously distinct landscapes -- each with its own identity and share of hidden treasures.
Co-created by Playeum, Participate in Design, D/SINI and The Animal Book Co., this exhibition encourages children and their parents to explore the world beyond home -- from the environment directly around them (Evolving Ocean) to the absolute unknown (The Beyond). It centres around sustainability, creativity and the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) in the world around us.
You’ll see the first distinct landscape before you even step into the centre. Evolving Ocean is a space made with an array of plastic materials -- including a massive ball of everyday plastic bags suspended from the ceiling. It denotes the plastic waste that ends up accumulating in our oceans and ingested by marine life. This space invites children to explore and question our use of plastic and where it ends up without proper disposal. In the sunlight, the sea of plastic bottles creates rippling reflections of light, mirroring the oceans we need to protect.
The outdoor garden across from Evolving Ocean uses both traditional gardening and hydroponic concepts. With this impressive self-watering system, children can understand the importance of sustainability — as well as the fun in gardening when they try a hand at it themselves!
Homeland is a space completely made from materials you might find at home, from cassette tapes to CDs to fridge magnets. This space introduces visitors to Playeum’s journey -- from its humble beginnings as a pop-up to the current space it is today. As the exhibition progresses, Homeland will continue to evolve as children add on their creations.
Quiet spaces, fluorescent lights and the unknown -- The Beyond invites children to play and experiment with colours, shadows and patterns -- in almost complete darkness. Crawling through the small tunnel and past the shroud of black curtains is akin to entering a secret passageway into a completely different world. Strung up old CDs adorn the walls and windows as makeshift blinds, creating colourful reflections for children to explore. In this room, children explore and wonder what lies in and beyond space.
In Land of Light, infants and young children can explore the concepts of light, friction and static. While playing with colourful pieces of cellophane paper, wet sponges and repurposed lightboxes (previously used for sand play), they can even make little artworks by figuring out the science of friction!
Jungaloo brings a little outdoorsy fun into the exhibition, inviting children to explore and discover things in nature in the comfort of the centre. Take a walk through an ever-growing jungle of woven fabrics, discover treasures in the soil and understand growth in nature. There are plenty of mechanisms to figure out in this space too, along with so many stories to tell.
Across from Jungaloo, Scrapper City fills the centre space. This mini junkyard encourages children to see beyond the conventional purpose of every little thing around them -- even what is usually considered waste. Materials like wooden pallets, rubber tyres and plastic pipes lie around the space, encouraging children to experiment, play and create something new. See if you can work with these materials to create a new contraption, like a makeshift car or even a little fort out of old fabric!
Right at the end of the centre is The Future Maker Space. This fresh Maker Space encourages children to discover and re-purpose materials like electronic, paper and plastic waste in their creation and play. Some highlights in the space include a spinning laundry drum that serves as a re-purposed home for Yakult bottles and other usable recyclables, and two massive robots made out of almost every thinkable material in the centre (even car parts, circuit boards and piano keys!). The robots, aptly named Scrappine and Crawler, also double as compartmentalised shelves for the electronic waste and recyclables -- all just waiting to be discovered!
All in all, GOING PLAY-CES is an impressive show from the creators, and one you definitely cannot afford to miss. Constantly evolving and growing with each passing day, this is an exhibition created by everyone, for everyone.
What are you waiting for? Head on down to GOING PLAY-CES at Playeum, the Children’s Centre for Creativity, and let your child explore, create and -- most importantly -- play!
This exhibition is set to run from 15 May 2018 to 28 April 2019.
Every small effort we do for the environment can add up to a big impact. This year, at Earth Week Carnival (19 to 21 April 2018), Preschool Market hosted 1040 children and together with our partner preschool, Skool4Kidz Preschool (Sengkang - Punggol Cluster), put up a windchime to represent the voice of each of the little ones. Do enjoy this video and let's a do a walk back on all the happenings during the Carnival!
Singapore Book of Records
We and Skool4Kidz Preschools are the current record holder for Singapore Book of Record - Largest Windchime Made of Recycled Cultured Milk Bottles. Yakult Singapore has sponsored rejected Yakult Bottles for the preschoolers to decorate the bottles to create a unique windchime. We have collected and put up a total of 1047 bottles to create the windchime.
Singapore Book of Record was presented during our Earth Week Carnival Launch on 20 April 2018. We are pleased to invite the Guest-of-Honour Mr Robert Leong, President of Association of Early Childhood and Training Services (ASSETS) and Director of Skool4Kidz Preschools.
Partner Preschool - Skool4Kidz Preschool
Skool4Kidz Preschool (Sengkang - Punggol Cluster) is our official partner preschool for Earth Week Carnival 2018. They set the record for Singapore Book of Records, together with their 300 preschoolers and their parents!
Skool4Kidz also created a Cardboard Town using recycled materials to create transportation, places in the neighbourhood and roads! Preschoolers had lots of fun visiting the place and interacting with the set-up! Skool4Kidz involved their parents in creating the Town! Three cheers to the Team for making so much effort to prepare the materials.
Healthy Start Child Development Centre took part in Preschool Market’s SG Kindred Garden as part of their Start Small Dream Big project this year. 54 children from Nursery 1 to Kindergarten 2 worked together to turn unwanted items like egg crates, cardboards, toilet rolls, old socks and others into beautiful pieces of art. The children were very involved in the conceptualization and making of the art pieces.
The art work was put up as an exhibition at Singapore Repertory Theatre's (SRT)’s showing of The Nightingale on 7 April 11am. Singapore Repertory Theatre generously sponsored the children and families of Healthy Start Child Development Centre to the show to mark the launch of SG Kindred Garden. Indeed, SG Kindred Garden, supported by Our SG Fund was of the similar spirit as The Nightingale, it was a celebration of friendship, building community and love and care for nature. Guest-of-Honour Deputy Secretary (Community, Youth & Sports), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Philip Ong was encouraged by this meaningful initiative to inculcate a love for the environment from a young age. He shared that by being more conscious of how our actions can affect those around us and the environment, we can take active steps to build a kinder and more gracious society.
Through support by various community partners and preschools, the vision of connecting the community through recycling and protecting our environment is within our reach.
For more information on the initiative, please visit www.kindredgarden.sg
Carpe Diem MI Schoolhouse and Carpe Diem MI Preschool invited Preschool Market to conduct Teachers' Workshop, as part of their participation in Start Small Dream Big and Kindred Garden. We are honored to invite Mrs Ang Chui Hwa (ECDA Fellow) to share with us on "Reuse, Reduce, Recycle + Return".
Let's look at some key sharing points that Mrs Ang has imparted on teachers during the Teachers' Workshop.
1. Identifying the Problem:
It is important to identify the problem and predict the outcome of the product when creating/planning the activity. When doing a craft or project, look at the environment and think what can be done to add aesthetic to the space or to solve a solution.
Purpose - What's the purpose of the activity?
- Why do we want to do the activity? To beautify the space.
Plan - How are we going to execute it?
- How are we going to do it and create Zero Waste?
Process & Product - Predict the outcome of the product and work backwards.
Pay it Forward - How can we pay in forward?
2. How can we work with Zero Waste (or little waste)?
It is important to remind ourselves that work and projects done by children should not be creating more waste but upcycle the recyclables and waste to give it a new life. Mrs Ang shared a problem she had encountered in school, she wanted to beautify the school gate as she felt it was too dull, therefore, she work with her teachers and brainstorm an idea to use recycled CDs to create an art piece. She engaged her school parents and the community to collect used CDs. In this way, Zero Waste was created.
During the workshop, Mrs Ang gave the teachers a challenge, to use four materials to create a sea creature. The 4 materials are plastic bottle, plastic bags, socks and newspaper. The teachers were given time to create with the given challenge. They were also invited to share why we need to save their created sea creature.
From the pictures, can you guess what did the teachers created with the four materials given? The teachers had to use their creative juice to think differently when creating their sea creatures. The teachers had a great time sharing their creations.
3. Involving Stakeholders
Mrs Ang shared that in her Kindergarten, parents and community involvement is very important. There's a recycling bin and area for teachers to look for materials when needed. Parents are also engaged when needed.
Kindred Garden by Preschool Market is also another good resource channel for teachers to look for recycling materials for their classroom.
4. Provide Open-ended Materials
Recycling and upcycling habits and mindset has to start young. By providing open-ended materials, we allow preschoolers to explore the materials and to be creativity. These help preschoolers to develop critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Just like the teachers, when they were given four materials to create a sea creatures, there were no instructions on how they can create. The teachers had to play with the given materials and through trial and error, the teachers created their masterpiece and no two were created the same.
5. Using Recycled Materials in Classroom
As an Early Childhood Educator, we are always looking for materials for our learning corners and ideas to engage our preschoolers. Most of the time, we will be shopping at various department stores to buy new toys or learning materials.
During the afternoon sessions, the teachers were challenge to create a learning activity using four chosen recycled materials. The learning activity has to integrate two learning areas, example, music and language. Through this activity, the teachers learnt about how to integrate learning objectives as we are conditioned to de-integrate learning objectives.
Lastly, we thank Mrs Ang for spending her day with the teachers at Carpe Diem. It was an inspiring teachers' workshop. Remember to always pay it forward and think of how to create using Zero Waste.
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.
Team @ Preschool Market
We are just very passionate for the Early Childhood sector!