Catch the video below for a quick tour of our Dream.Imagine.plaY space!
There was just so much to Play and Make...
One of the highlights is the Playmaker Pilot by IDA – This project aims to introduce higher order thinking skills, problem solving skills and creative thinking through the use of tech-enabled toys like robots and LittleBits. All these toys were specially selected and the children and teachers in pilot preschools were very excited to use them in their classroom. Visitors to the booth got to try out the cute BeeBot and also simple LittleBits projects.
Another exciting project is a learning project by Sarah - DreamBig Playground - A group of 9 homeschooling families came together to explore playground design through visits to various distinct playground and then thinking about the elements of playscapes and culminating in the children designing their own playground. Children who visited the booth were also invited to design their own playgrounds on paper or build and decorate one using blocks and 3M Expression tapes.
In Loose Parts Play –Loose parts such as fallen buttons, pebbles, small sea shells, etc were utilised by children in an open-ended play to decorate an open terrarium.
Yen from Discovering with Borders also came by for a simple led activity to stimulate how our brain cells are activated whenever we perform a task.
Young Smarties’ cardboard games were a huge hit with the children. Many were eagerly awaiting their turn to have a go at the games.
Para-educators from the Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore) were also there to showcase their very own DIY Learning Materials. Children were all very engaged by the activities.
At Preschool Market, we firmly believe that children learn best through play. Thus we hope to promote play for children from all backgrounds. Project Tinker Kit, complements the Science of Play website promoting parent-child bonding through playful activities. It provides a physical craft kit for families from less- privileged background and provide an opportunity for parent-child bonding. At this booth, you can see parent and children working together on their craft work, decorating their chalkboards with 3M Expression Tapes.
We had fun at our Dream.Imagine.plaY space where we constructed a fun and engaging activity space that truly allowed the children to enjoy themselves and at the same time learn effectively through play. We got to meet many like-minded individuals and are inspired by many. We are also very thankful to our sponsors – the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) for the creative dome, Tri-Wall (Asia) for the beautiful cardboard furniture, Juz Paint for chalkboard paint and 3M for the expressions tape. Also a big thank you to the team at Maker Faire Singapore and Science Centre Singapore for putting together this wonderful event!
Thank you for joining us this year! See you all next year!
In the blink of an eye, it is June again, Preschool Market has gone live for a year and it had been a fruitful year!
In fact, June began with a triple celebration: our anniversary month, Project Love Lunch’s 1st birthday and Kids Stop’s 2nd birthday!
On 4 June, we brought the children to Kids Stop for celebrations! After working with Project Love Lunch’s children for Project Tinker Kit, we are really touched by their work and have been helping them with craft activities and excursions for the children. It is our hope to fill the children’s hearts and minds, on top of filling their tummies.
The children were thrilled by the variety of engaging activities in Kids Stop and most of them cannot bear to leave the place. As it was Kids Stop's celebrations, there were special performances, ice cream, cake and not forgetting a generous goodie bag!
Kids Stop also kindly provided Project Love Lunch with a party room for the latter to celebrate the birthdays of those born in April, May and June. Recipients also took the chance to show appreciation to the founder and volunteers who without fail bring them lunch and groceries weekly, as well as helping out with other contingency events.
The highlight of the party was the cute Angry Bird piñata made by Dynamic Arts Creations. What made this special was that you activated it by pulling strings instead of hitting it. If you would like to make a similar piñata, do sign up for our workshop at Maker Faire on 26 June morning - http://bit.do/mfpinata. All proceeds will go to Project Love Lunch.
Project Love Lunch Founder was so touched by the event that she penned the following poem to all the children:
Hope You Remember
I hope you remember who held your little hands, fed your little tummies during the weekends when you were small
I hope you remember that though now you are getting bigger and stronger you will learn to spread kindness to all around you
I hope you remember that though life may not be as nice as you wish it were to be now but you can shape your future to what you wish it to be
I hope you remember to be grateful for all you have now and not whine for what you may not have because one day, child, you will be able to have what you wish for as long as you walk in the right direction.
Team @ Preschool Market
We are just very passionate for the Early Childhood sector!