Preschool Market @ Maker Faire '2015
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!