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Adventures of Our Soaperheros workshop @ YMCA Preschool -Bukit Gombak

Sustainability - to fulfill the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations while ensuring a balance between economic growth, environmental care and social well-being.

Preschool Market collaborated with Soap Cycling Singapore - a non-profit WASH social enterprise that helps disadvantaged communities by collecting, recycling and distributing lightly used soap from hotels, to conduct a hygiene and sustainability workshop titled ‘Adventures of our Soaperheroes’. Preschoolers have minimal knowledge of the impact of upcycling soap bars, hence the workshop was held with the aim to teach the students the basics of sustainability in a fun, engaging way through that.

The 1-hour workshop was held at YWCA Preschool @ Bukit Gombak for a total of 20 children, aged 5-6 years old.

The workshop mainly focused on using soap bars to promote hygiene and sustainability. Why soap bars? Being one of the most common hygiene products in our daily lives, people often do not reuse perfectly reusable soap bars. We hope that with this knowledge in mind, upcycling soap can be the first approach we educate students on sustainability and reduce wastage.

The workshop was kicked off with an introduction to sustainability and personal hygiene, followed by an icebreaker game of Hygiene Charades - students were invited to demonstrate simple actions, such as brushing their teeth and taking a shower, for their classmates to take guesses on the movement portrayed. The main objective of Hygiene Charades is to have the students understand the right ways to stay hygienic, especially regarding our daily routines.

To further emphasize the importance of sustainability, the students had the opportunity to pack unused soap bars into soap saver pouches - which keeps soap bars dry and allows them to last longer, for distribution to migrant workers and one for themselves as a souvenir piece.

The workshop ended with a final interaction with the students, where they spelled the word ‘sustainability’ and shared their takeaways from the workshop.

In conclusion, students learnt about the importance of personal hygiene and sustainability through nursery songs, informative videos, and simplified factual information on the importance of hygiene. At the end of the workshop, they go home as Soaperheros with their own soap savers!

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