This year’s Children’s Day celebrations at SPD was all about nurturing our children’s creativity and imagination. With interactive activities that brought fun straight to their homes, our children were tasked to create something innovative with their families. Let us look at some of our children’s masterpieces and the inspiration behind them.
Challenge 1: Bonding through food art
Our children and their families from the Building Bridges EIPIC Centres at SPD Ability Centre and SPD@Jurong took to the jungle theme and came up with these adorable food art.
Jellyfish and pufferfish dish
When Tyler from SPD Ability Centre first knew about the activity, he was thrilled. His enthusiasm rubbed off on his family members as he got them equally excited as well.
“Tyler told us that he would like to make animals like box jellyfish, pufferfish, sea urchin, hedgehog and porcupine. I picked two from the list that he gave and tried to figure out how we can use different food items to make the jellyfish and pufferfish,” shared Tyler’s mother.
Born in the Year of the Monkey, Ahmad Mizan from SPD@Jurong decided to create a dish based on his zodiac sign, which happens to be one of his favourite animals too.
“Mizan volunteered to do almost everything during the dish-making process. He tried to identify the fruits and utensils to use and explained how the food should be done. He loves making the food, and of course eating them. Perhaps he will follow my footsteps to be a chef in future,” shared Mizan’s mother, who used to work as a chef.
She added that this is truly a meaningful bonding activity. Through the process, it showed Mizan how much his mother trusted him as she allowed him to take part in some of the dish-making steps which are usually done by adults. This allowed Mizan to boost his confidence.
Challenge 2: Transforming into favourite storybook character
Over at SPD@Bedok and SPD@Tampines, children and their families were tasked to create costumes for their very own fashion show. For that day, they could dress as their favourite superhero, or storybook characters.
The Hungry Caterpillar
Inspired by the story of The Hungry Caterpillar, Kei from SPD@Bedok decided to dress himself up as one for the fashion show. With the help from his grandmother, mother and brother, Kei set out on his creative journey to make himself a caterpillar costume.
“Kei was truly the art director for this. We followed his instructions such as creating three segments for the body of the caterpillar. He also pasted the stickers, and stuffed cotton into the legs. I’m proud that his idea translated into a beautiful costume,” shared Kei’s grandmother.
Inspired by Superman, Aafia from SPD@Tampines transformed into “Super Aafia” for the day. Using some of Aafia’s old clothes, everyone in the family came together to design, draw, paint, and sew the costume.
Aafia’s parents shared the heart-warming reason behind the idea: “Superman is a character who is physically and mentally strong and able to overcome all types of challenges. We believe that Aafia will grow up to be someone just like Superman but with a unique twist. The Kyrptonian symbol ‘S’ in Superman signifies hope, while the ‘A’ in SuperAafia signifies her angelic personality.”