08 August 2019
Families that game together, stay together. This phrase inspired the staff at PCF Sparkletots @ Bukit Batok Blk 178 to organise a Parental Engagement Workshop titled “Game On” on 4 May 2019. Parents are encouraged to spend more quality time interacting with their children, building a strong family bond and creating memories. What better way to encourage that, than with some fun and games? Engaging in games can also enhance children’s hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, ability to follow instructions and the development of confidence as they complete different tasks.
A mix of 40 people including parents and children from Infant Care to K2 signed up to participate in the workshop that boasts five interactive game stations! Game stations include Toss Ball Fun, Toss the Ring, Ball Balancing, Art Station and Wobbly Ball. All the stations were meticulously designed by teachers using engaging materials that are age-appropriate which assist in the development of a variety of skills.
(A pair of mother and daughter bonds over forehead ball passing game)
(Let’s have fun tossing the rings!)
Parental involvement can come in many forms. Encouraging face-to-face communication with their children and playing games are fun ways to incorporate education. Children can learn about strategy and solving of problems under the guidance of their parents which also foster effective family communication.
Many of the games require parents and their children to work together which are opportunities for bonding as well. Parents enjoyed the workshop so much and gave raving reviews to the teachers. Parents shared that they enjoyed all the activities because they promote interaction between parents and children, while some highlighted the brilliant usage of colourful materials that are attractive to the children. Mummy Kah Yen said, “The activities required different skills and are very enjoyable. They also promote co-operation within the participants. After indulging in all the games, we can take a seat at the art booth to talk about the day with our child.”
It was a heart-warming day of teamwork, laughter and giggles!
(Father and son having a great time during catching balls game)
Written by: Zinampan Maria Rushell Decena (Senior Teacher) | PCF Sparkletots @ Bukit Batok Blk 178
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