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Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018: Learning Games Exhibition

Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018:

Learning Games Exhibition

We invited preschools to display their learning games created with recycled materials. These learning games were displayed during the Earth Week Carnival for the preschoolers to play and to give inspiration to preschool teachers on what they can do with recycled materials. These materials are easily available for preschool teachers to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PCF Sparkletots Preschools @ZhengHua
Living Sanctuary Kindergarten       
Blossom Edugroup
PCF Sparkletots Preschools @Hougang Blk 328

Skool4Kidz Preschool

Thank you everyone who joined us on during Kindered Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018! We look forward to see you at our other events!

You can read more about the Earth Day Carnival 2018:

  1. Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018
  2. Activity Booths
  3. Hands-on Workshop
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Kindred Garden- Earth Week Carnival 2018: Hands-on Workshop

Kindred Garden- Earth Week Carnival 2018:

Hands-on Workshops

Our preschoolers had a great time getting busy at their selected workshops! The workshops are specially catered to inculcate good recycling and upcycling habits to the preschoolers.

Cultivate Central: Worms Love Coffee

This is the workshop with the most: “ewww”, “eeee”, “aaaaa” – shriek! It was really a joy looking at the preschoolers started the workshop with their excitement scream till excitement laughter.

Children learnt about the environment and the friendly creatures that live underground and how they help to sustain life above-ground.  Through observation of worms, and what they eat, the children will understand about compost, experience various sensory stimuli, and they brought back their very own coffee drawing!

Love Terrarium – Terrarium in a Bottle

Terrarium in a Bottle by Love Terrarium, is another popular workshops among the preschoolers. The preschoolers learnt by upcycling plastic bottles into pots for their plant. They also learnt about how terrarium creates an ecosystem for the plants.

Lee Kong Chian Natural Museum – Shrinkable Arts

 

Have you seen the dinosaurs fossils and other animal fossils? Lee Kong Chian Natural Museum has different fossils! They also prepared templates for children to draw and colour and create their Shrinkable Arts! The children had fun observe different fossils and creating their craft. We also learnt that only plastics with the number 6 can be upcycled to recycling arts.

Preschool Market – Upcycling Plastics

Preschoolers learnt about ways to upcycle plastic bottles. They create fish craft and windchimes with the materials given. They also learn the important of reducing plastic bottles and upcycling plastic bottles so that we do not endangered the sea creatures.

S.E.A. Aquarium – Healthy Ocean, Healthy Us

S.E.A Aquarium engaged the preschoolers through storytelling and hands-on activity by creating their shark. Through the storytelling, preschoolers learnt the important conserving the ocean by not throwing rubbish into the ocean. This activity is an extension of S.E.A Aquarium’s preschool programme at Resort World Sentosa.

School of Concepts – Storytelling and Craft

School of Concepts brought their friend – Dindy the Friendly Dinosaur to EARTH WEEK CARNIVAL! The preschoolers had lots of fun in participating in the Storytelling and engaging in craft work! The activities and storytelling were engaging and the preschoolers love it!

 

You can read more about the Earth Day Carnival 2018:

  1. Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018
  2. Activity Booths
  3. Learning Activities using Recyclables
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Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018: Hands-on Activity Booths

Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018:

Hands-on Activity Booths

Besides engaging workshops, we are pleased to have other vendors who joined us by setting up activity booths. These activity booths are engaging and fun!

SEED Institute – Parents’ College

SEED Institute – Parents’ College are our activity partner! They created 3 different recycling activities for the preschoolers. Look at the preschoolers sorting out materials into different recycling bins. They also learnt how to sort the items.

Ricoh (Singapore)

Ricoh Singapore brought in their latest technology and equipment to the Earth Week Carnival! Preschoolers were invited to draw their picture on the paper and the staff at Ricoh will scan the picture and onto the Interactive Whiteboard.

The preschoolers were intrigued that their drawings came to life! Ricoh’s equipment will definitely bring learning to life!

Genie Box

You can’t find a Genie in Genie Box, but you can find lots of learning activities in Genie Box! Genie Box is founded by 2 passionate educators and mummies who design learning activities in the box for parents to engage their preschoolers! During the Earth Week Carnival, preschoolers were engaged in activities related to the weather and the effects of global warming.
 

FreePlay – Sports Game

FreePlay is all about fun! FreePlay planned sports activities for the preschoolers by using recycled materials. The preschoolers had lots of fun engaging in the different sports station. A healthy me, is a healthy Earth!

You can read more about the Earth Day Carnival 2018:

  1. Hands-on Workshops
  2. Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018
  3. Learning Activities using Recyclables

 

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Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018

Kindred Garden – Earth Week Carnival 2018!

Preschool Market is very pleased to announce that our Earth Week Carnival 2018 is a success! This event would not be possible without our community partners, preschoolers, preschoolers and teachers! A big thank you to all who join us and making in event successful! Let’s a do a walk back on all the happenings during the Carnival!

Singapore Book of Records:

We and Skool4Kidz Preschools are the current record holder for Singapore Book of RecordLargest Windchime Made of Recycled Cultured Milk Bottles. Yakult Singapore has sponsored rejected Yakult Bottles for the preschoolers to decorate the bottles to create a unique windchime. We have collected and put up a total of 1047 bottles to create the windchime. 

Singapore Book of Record was presented during our Earth Week Carnival Launch on 20 April 2018. We are pleased to invite the Guest-of-Honour Mr Rober Leong, President of Association of Early
Childhood and Training Services (ASSETS) and Director of Skool4Kidz Preschools.

Partner Preschool – Skool4Kidz Preschool

Skool4Kidz Preschool (Sengkang – Punggol Cluster) is our official partner preschool for Earth Week Carnival 2018. They set the record for Singapore Book of Records, together with their 300 preschoolers and their parents!

Skool4Kidz also created a Cardboard Town using recycled materials to create transportation, places in the neighbourhood and roads! Preschoolers had lots of fun visiting the place and interacting with the set-up! Skool4Kidz involved their parents in creating the Town! Three cheers to the Team for making so much effort to prepare the materials.

You can read more about the Earth Day Carnival 2018:

  1. Hands-on Workshops
  2. Activity Booths
  3. Learning Activities using Recyclables

 

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“Reuse, Reduce, Recycle + Return” – Teachers’ Workshop

Carpe Diem MI Schoolhouse and Carpe Diem MI Preschool invited Preschool Market to conduct Teachers’ Workshop, as part of their participation in Start Small Dream Big and Kindred Garden. We are honored to invite Mrs Ang Chui Hwa (ECDA Fellow) to share with us on “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle + Return“.

Let’s look at some key sharing points that Mrs Ang has imparted on teachers during the Teachers’ Workshop.

       

1. Identifying the Problem:
It is important to identify the problem and predict the outcome of the product when creating/planning the activity. When doing a craft or project, look at the environment and think what can be done to add aesthetic to the space or to solve a solution.
1. Purpose

  • What’s the purpose of the activity?
  • Why do we want to do the activity? To beautify the space.

2. Plan

  • How are we going to execute it?
  • How are we going to do it and create Zero Waste?

3. Process & Product

  • Predict the outcome of the product and work backwards.

4. Pay it Forward

  • How can we pay in forward?

2. How can we work with Zero Waste (or little waste)?
It is important to remind ourselves that work and projects done by children should not be creating more waste but upcycle the recyclables and waste to give it a new life. Mrs Ang shared a problem she had encountered in school, she wanted to beautify the school gate as she felt it was too dull, therefore, she work with her teachers and brainstorm an idea to use recycled CDs to create an art piece. She engaged her school parents and the community to collect used CDs. In this way, Zero Waste was created.

During the workshop, Mrs Ang gave the teachers a challenge, to use four materials to create a sea creature. The 4 materials are plastic bottle, plastic bags, socks and newspaper. The teachers were given time to create with the given challenge. They were also invited to share why we need to save their created sea creature.

From the pictures, can you guess what did the teachers created with the four materials given? The teachers had to use their creative juice to think differently when creating their sea creatures. The teachers had a great time sharing their creations.

3. Involving Stakeholders
Mrs Ang shared that in her Kindergarten, parents and community involvement is very important. There’s a recycling bin and area for teachers to look for materials when needed. Parents are also engaged when needed.
Kindred Garden by Preschool Market is also another good resource channel for teachers to look for recycling materials for their classroom.

4. Provide Open-ended Materials
​Recycling and upcycling habits and mindset has to start young. By providing open-ended materials, we allow preschoolers to explore the materials and to be creativity. These help preschoolers to develop critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Just like the teachers, when they were given four materials to create a sea creatures, there were no instructions on how they can create. The teachers had to play with the given materials and through trial and error, the teachers created their masterpiece and no two were created the same.

5. Using Recycled Materials in Classroom
As an Early Childhood Educator, we are always looking for materials for our learning corners and ideas to engage our preschoolers. Most of the time, we will be shopping at various department stores to buy new toys or learning materials.

During the afternoon sessions, the teachers were challenge to create a learning activity using four chosen recycled materials. The learning activity has to integrate two learning areas, example, music and language. Through this activity, the teachers learnt about how to integrate learning objectives as we are conditioned to de-integrate learning objectives.

Learning Objectives:
Numeracy and Language
Materials: 
Toilet Rolls, Plastic Bottles, Bottle Caps and Paper
Activity: ​
To match the number words to the numeral.

 

 

Learning Objectives:
English and Chinese Language
Materials: 
Toilet Rolls, Boxes, Egg Cartons and Papers
Activity: ​
To look for the corresponding words to match the beginning letter shown on the dice.

 

 

Learning Objectives:
Mathematics and Language
Materials: 
Pipe Cleaners, Boxes, Egg Cartons and Bottle Caps
Activity: ​
To use the bottle caps as counter for additional or subtraction and form the sum using numeral cards and number word cards.

 

Learning Objectives:
Motor Skills and Manipulative
Materials: 
Boxes, Plastic Containers, Bottle Caps and Ropes/Strings
Activity: ​
Panel 1: Place the bottle caps in the right size circle.
Panel 2: Plastic bottles as balancing beam
Panel 3: Threading bottle caps

 

Lastly, we thank Mrs Ang for spending her day with the teachers at Carpe Diem. It was an inspiring teachers’ workshop. Remember to always pay it forward and think of how to create using Zero Waste.

 

 

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Recycled Materials as Carnival Games

Everyone loves carnival games. These game stalls can be found in Carnival, aka Pasar Malam, which you may not find it often in your estate. These carnival games can be recreated at home or in school using recycled materials. You may also find similar set up using recycled materials in those game stalls.

Let’s look at some items which we can make using recycled materials.

1. Recycled Cans:

Cans Pyramid: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/33003009748770944/

Game Ideals:

  • Cans Pyramid: Add vocabulary words or letters sound onto the can. Invite child to read aloud then throw the cans down.
  • Cans Pyramid: Add numbers to the cans. Invite child to add up the numbers on the cans that fell from the stack.
  • Cans Pyramid: Add CVC letters and invite children to make up the words from the cans that fell from the stack.
  • Tin Can Telephone: Poke 1 hole at the bottle of 2 cans, tied a string to connect both cans together.

2. Recycled Bottles:

Ring Toss: http://www.birthdaypartyideas4kids.com/carnival-games.htm

Game Ideas:

  • Ring Toss: Recognise and name the colours by tossing the colour rings to the corresponding bottle cap colours.
  • Bottle Bowling Pins: Aligned bottles into bowling pins.
  • Three in the Rows: Child to toss the rings to create three in the rows.

3. Cardboard Boxes

Shoe Box Toss: http://recycletodayforabettertomorrow.blogspot.sg/p/spain_18.html

Game Ideas:

  • Shoe Box Toss: Using shoe boxes to create a tossing box by cutting a hole. Children to throw bean bags into the hole.
  • Puppet Theatre: Cut and fix a puppet theater using big cardboard boxes.
  • Hit the Clown: Paint a picture of the clown on a cardboard box. Cut a hole at the mouth for children to throw the ball into the clown.

These are just some of ideas teachers can implement as part of their class activities. What other activities have you thought of in using recycled materials to create carnival games? Let’s give the recycled materials a second life.

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Agape Little Uni @ Sengkang : Garden of Games

Agape Little Uni @ Sengkang organised a parent-child bonding activity for parents to work with their children to come up with games using recycled materials.

The creativity and imagination of the parents and children were evident from the array of games they came up with. There were paper plate tennis, rings throwing, puzzles and many more.

 

These educational games provided children with the opportunity to hone their hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, motor skills and many more. The children had an opportunity to do a show and talk about the games they created. They spoke excitedly about the games they created, explaining to their friends how to play their game. Not only that, the children got to enjoy all the games through a round-robin session. The games were all on display during the recent parent-teacher conference too. There was a great sense of achievement and joy as the children saw their games enjoyed by all their classmates.

 

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Learning about Recycling with Preschoolers

What is recycling? Recycling can be a big term for preschoolers to understand. Getting preschoolers to be involved helps them to understand the concept of recycling. Learning the concept of recycling helps them to understand the needs to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Here are some ideas which you can implement in your classroom:

Discuss about Recycling:

  • Conduct a circle time and discuss about recycling as a class
  • Invite children to come up with ideas which they can do their part
  • Discuss what can be recycled and cannot be recycled

Read Books on Recycling:

 Recycling is Fun by Charles Ghigna

 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanine Walsh

 Look After Your Planet (Charlie and Lola) by Lauren Child

 Karung Guni Boy by Lorraine Tan

Create Recycling Bins/Containers in your Classroom/School:

Recycling Container in Classroom

Create 3 recycling containers in your classroom/school for:

  • Paper: waste paper, envelope, newspaper, book, magazine, cardboard, carton box
  • Plastic: plastic bag, bottle, container, CD & DVD
  • Others:  cloth, metal

Invite children to sort their rubbish into different containers. Work with your local recycling company or Karung Guni Man to collect the recycling items.

Create Recycling Posters:

Get preschoolers to create Recycling Posters and displayed them in school.

Participates in Recycling Programmes:

There are a few agency which you can be involved to extend children’s understanding on recycling. These are a few programmes avaliable:

  1. Start Small Dream Big by ECDA: It is an initiative by ECDA to empower preschoolers to innovate and problem solved issues around them. Preschool can take part in community projects or implement their own projects which will be implemented over a period of 6 months.
  2. School Recycling by Tetra Pak: Tetra Pak started the programme in 2011 and it engages school by giving talks on Used Beverage Cartons (UBC) and the simple step of “Rinse, Flip, Flap and Flatten”. They will also be providing bins for school activities. Preschools registered under The Little Green Dots are given a set of The Little Green Dots Toolkit. Participating preschools are required to submit a report to Tetra Pak on a quarterly basis.​
  3. Recycling by Tzu Chi: Tzu Chi has Eco-Awareness Centre where visitors can learn about recycling and what can be recycled. There will be multimedia presentation and guided explanations. They also have recycling points which they collect recyclables to their sorting centre.
  4. Recycling by National Environment Agency (NEA): NEA provides resources for teachers to use in their classroom. You can also contact them for recycling bins to be placed in your school. For more information you may contact NEA at 800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632) or email [email protected].
  5. Recycling Programes by ZeroWasteSG: ZeroWasteSG has good resources which teachers can read to understand more on recycling. There are also video which teachers can show their children.

Create Recycling Craft:

You can collect recyclables and create craft with them. Like making pencil holders with toilet roll, tissue box as a toy car or a toy house with a big carton box. These are simple ideas which teachers can implement in their class.

YouTube Resources on Recycling:

We hope these ideas brought sparks about “Learning about Recycling with Preschoolers”. Do share with us what you are doing in your class. Do remember that KinderedGarden has resources which you can get for your classroom. Have fun!

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Recycle, Reuse, Reduce as Part of Daily Life

Why is it important to teach the 3Rs to preschoolers? It helps preschoolers to develop good recycling habits since young. But how do we impart this habit to the preschoolers? We can help by practicing the 3Rs as part of our daily life.

In school or at home, we can start by reducing waste. For example, we can reduce the use of disposable tableware during a party or at home. We can also encourage the preschoolers not to use straws to drink and drink directly from the cup.

When we go out, bring a water bottle instead of buying bottled drinks. We can also bring along recyclable shopping bags, instead of bagging shopping items in plastic bags.

These are great ideas which we can implement at home or in school. These will help preschoolers to understand the importance of 3Rs.

Different ways of reusing items:

  • Making crafts using recyclable materials
  • Used plastic bottles can be cut up to make into planters
  • Paper from past magazines or newsletters can be folded to form a container for small stationary like paper clips and thumbtacks

We have shared some videos which you can watch to gain some ideas on what you can do with recyclable materials.