Little Captains At Play is a national play movement which aims to create a more balanced childhood for preschoolers through spontaneous, unstructured play. The project is managed by a group of final year students from Nanyang Technological University, and they hope to inspire parents to allow children to be captains of their own playtime, which is an important part of a child’s learning and development.
I wholeheartedly agree that open-ended playtime is an important part of learning and development in a child, and encourages problem solving and creative thinking, which in turn leads to a more adventurous and confident child.
This is why I always prefer toys like Legos, building blocks and wooden toys – basically any toy that does not play by itself – to electric doodads that have a limited function.
At the Jurong West Public Library, Pam started off the session with an interactive storytelling segment called ‘Tear & Tell’. Basically, the storyteller works together with the children to name and identify random shapes torn out of a sheet of paper, and then invents a story linking the shapes together. What an innovative way to discover a new story together!
Afterwards, each child present was given a square of cardboard and a seemingly endless supply of craft materials to create anything their minds could conceive.
J and Little E threw themselves into cutting, gluing and decorating these little tiles, which will eventually become part of a huge PLAY! Mosaic showcasing all the efforts of hundreds of children in a huge 3D display.
The kids really enjoyed themselves, especially with the crafts and they are excited to find out where their tiles have gone, so I will probably pop down to the Back To Play! event which is this weekend, just to show them the PLAY! Mosiac.
The Back To Play! event is a huge play festival with tons of fun hands-on activities for all the family. There’s going to be a huge fabric maze, craft stations, musical performances and talks for parents as well. Best of all, admission is free!
Where: Tampines Central Community Complex MultiPurpose Hall
When: 23rd February (Sunday) from 12-5pm