Preschool Market had some buzzing fun over the weekend @ Maker Faire Singapore 2015!
Held over 11th – 12th July 2015, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Originated in California in 2012, Maker Faire made its way to many other cities and this is the 4th year running in Singapore. With over 250 booths ranging from science, art, craft, engineering and technology, Preschool Market is proud and honoured to be part of this movement!
As it was a fair to showcase crafts, creativity and ‘making’, it was a great opportunity for us to share with the public our first ever project – Tinker Kit!
Our first project on the Kidstarter Garage, Tinker Kit, is a resource box of craft materials and instruction guides that Preschool Market wants to give out to children from less-privileged background. We strongly believe that craft play allows children free rein in expressing creativity, encourages focus and concentration and develops fine motor skill and hand-eye coordination and we want these children to have access to craft play. Not only did we share the cause on Tinker Kit, a craft corner was also set up for children to have a go at creating their own craft. Many young ones came excited to express their creativity through pebble painting and tags making. One even came back the next day for more craft! What a joy it was for us to see children expressing themselves through their craft.
We also conducted a “Exploring Science of Play” workshop, showcasing activities from ScienceofPlay.sg – a Lien Foundation’s StartWell initiative envisioned to be a Wikipedia for play, for busy parents to better appreciate the importance of play in their child’s development.
It was heartening to see parents joining the workshop with their children, enjoying and bonding over the session, creating a maze game and also making a pet house.
Maker Faire 2015 has been great fun for the Preschool Market team and the volunteers, and we are definitely looking forward to the next Maker Faire!
The team from Preschool Market attended the 2nd education forum organized by the Straits Times last Saturday, 27 June 2015.
With a focus on early childhood development, the forum saw like-minded educators from the early childhood industry, parents and experts on the early childhood field gathered to discuss about early childhood education.
Dr Dana Suskind, founder of the Thirty Million Words movement shared about the importance of parent talk. A research conducted in 1990 showed that the lack of exposure to language would affect a child’s entire life. Thirty million words would be the difference between children from disadvantaged background would have heard, compared to the children from advantaged background. Dr Suskind encouraged parents to talk more and provide a rich language environment for their children.
The second speaker, Dr Stuart Brown, founder of National Institute for Playin California, spoke about the importance of play and how play shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul of children. We were really excited to that play is an innate disposition in all human beings and adults should engage in play too! It is also enriching to learn that children should engage in free play for 2-3 hours a day, no learning agenda, no expectation of performance, just free expression of the children. As children choose what to engage themselves in, their innate motivations and talents are revealed. He also touched on rough and tumble play which is usually frowned upon as an outlet for children to develop a management system for their emotions and rules of engagement with other children.
The last speaker, Mrs Carmee Lim, mentor principal of MindChamps presented on music, movement and dance, and how it is able to boost brain growth, language and speech development in children. It was a really fun and engaging session that ended off with the audience joining together in a mass dance!
The team from Preschool Market is honoured to be one of the friends of the inaugural Superhero Me festival, put together by Logue and In Merry Motion and backed by LIEN Foundation.
Superhero Me is a volunteer-run, values based craft movement to inspire children to develop a stronger sense of self through costume crafting. It aims to create awareness for early childhood education in Singapore and trigger children to discover the joy of creative confidence.
Over the course of the festival, we volunteered for several workshops, engaging children through craft and game stations and even got to build a bear head with other volunteers!
One of the highlights of the event was getting to interact with children from Pathlight School. The children came dressed in their carefully crafted superhero costumes, enthusiastic and excited to share with us their superpowers. The children were amazingly creative about their superpowers and dreams, ranging from being Helping Hands in order to lend a helping hand to the needy, to Rainbow Shooters that will shoot joy and colours into the lives of others.
It was an amazing and enriching experience to see the dreams of the little ones. One of the greatest takeaways from this festival is that children are never too young to dream big. Dreams are like seeds, and if we only take time to nurture those seeds, these dreams will take flight.
Indeed, what we think we become.
Team @ Preschool Market
We are just very passionate for the Early Childhood sector!