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  • March 26, 2024

    Find Joy in Learning Chinese: 5 Activities You Can Do With Your Child


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    Bilingualism has long been an advantage for Singaporeans, as it allows us to communicate with people from different corners of the globe. Unfortunately, learning bilingualism isn’t a smooth process for all of us. For some, it’s even a slog! 

    Fortunately, there are ways to make the acquisition of this skill as easy as it is enjoyable. Helping children love Chinese – the language where most of them struggle – can do a lot. 

    But how can you help your child love this language from an early age? That’s where we can help. Based on our experiences at our preschool in Singapore, we’ll share some of the best activities you can try with your child to help him/her enjoy the language from the start.

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    Indulge in storytelling in Chinese

    Storytelling is a good way to learn any language. Plus, there are so many ways to do it. 

    You can start by reading aloud some Chinese books for preschoolers. From there, you can go into acting out the books together. You can even do simple storytelling of your day or history in Chinese!

    This can be a marvellous way to turn language learning into a fun, experiential matter. It’s also a good way to introduce different phrases and new words to a child. 

    If you do decide to go with the classic book-reading route, by the way, make sure that you choose age-appropriate options for your child. This can also help you get started on teaching Chinese reading for children.

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    Explore the culture and heritage

    Appreciating the culture attached to a language can be a good way to foster interest in that language. In particular, children often love learning about Chinese events and festivities associated with celebration. 

    Chinese New Year is a good example – and it even comes with a reward in the form of red packets! Try sharing with your child the traditions behind this festivity, as well as the reason it’s celebrated and how. 

    Other things you can try would be introducing your child to Chinese festivals, then teaching him/her festival-related vocabulary like the expressions for well-wishes and blessings. You can even try teaching him/her Chinese festival songs!

    We do similar things at My Little Campus to build the children’s interest in Chinese culture and language. It encourages them to get involved and learn more about their heritage and culture at the same time.

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    Try Chinese arts and crafts

    Children often enjoy working with their hands, so why not make Chinese learning fun by incorporating this into your activities? Believe it or not, you can still teach a child Chinese this way!

    The idea is to teach arts and crafts that tie into Chinese language and culture. Try lantern-making with coloured paper, bamboo sticks, and glue, for example. 

    From there, you can tell your child about where these lanterns are used and what they symbolise. This already gives you so many opportunities to introduce new Chinese terms to him/her – the words for “lantern”, for example, or “good fortune” (which is what the lanterns are often meant to symbolise).

    Most lanterns even have Chinese script written on them – which brings us to the next activity you can try with your child, actually.

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    Teach your child Chinese calligraphy

    Chinese calligraphy is an art worth learning early on, and one that can further deepen understanding and knowledge of the Chinese language. Fortunately, you don’t need much to get your child started with it. 

    All you need is some suitable paper, some Chinese calligraphy brushes, and some water-based (child-safe) paint. You can even try getting paint in colours your child likes!

    From there, you can show your child how to do simple words first and have him/her copy what you write. This is a great way to get him/her started on understanding written Chinese as well as building his/her vocabulary.

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    Discover Chinese music in song and dance

    Children love song and dance, so why not incorporate some Chinese songs into your current playlist for your child? You can even have songs you sing together as part of your daily routine while doing chores like cleaning up. 

    Just make sure you choose Chinese songs and rhymes suitable for children. Remember that the topics of the songs themselves can teach your child new things, by the way. This video has a great song for teaching your child about tigers in Chinese, for instance.

    We do this at MLC too by having dedicated parts of the day when we conduct activities and teach completely in Chinese. At those times, we often do storytelling or song and dance in Chinese.

    Start building your child’s bilingualism as early as possible

    The activities we shared above can build your child’s bilingualism early on by helping him/her to appreciate and even love the Chinese language. 

    We use the same techniques at My Little Campus to build children’s interest in it, and it contributes to the strength of the foundation we end up laying for Chinese and bilingual learning. 

    Want to learn more about how we prepare young minds for the challenges of primary school and beyond? Discover our curriculum by speaking with us today!

  • March 20, 2024

    Engage and Explore: 6 Sensory Activities That Your Toddler Will Love

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    When we talk about sensory play, a good number of parents shy away instantly because they think of it as messy play. To be fair, it can be – sensory play often involves activities that have children splashing, squishing, and squelching any number of things!

    But the virtues of this type of play can’t be overstated for toddlers. Remember, after all, that children discover the world through their senses. In fact, the earliest learning experiences are often sensory ones, as babies gather info about the world they’ve just entered through sight, sound, taste, scent, and touch.

    Even in toddlerhood, this process of data collection continues. That’s why sensory play is good for supporting toddlers’ cognitive development. What’s more, it can support the development of many other things, like fine motor skills, observation, creativity, and the like.

    And that’s all while letting the children have fun! So, it’s clear that sensory play has a place in toddler care and enrichment. But how does one begin with it? 

    To help you out there, we’ve put together a list of some amazing sensory activities toddlers love. These should help you stimulate your child’s growth in new ways he/she will enjoy!

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    1. DIY sensory bins

    What it is: A big, safe bin or box where you’ve put together items that your child can discover and play with through touch – a binful of tactile experiences, if you will!

    What you need: Whatever you have around the house that’s safe for your child to play with, e.g. water, powder, or even shaving cream that a child can squeeze and even mash. 

    What you can do: Ask your toddler to describe the textures in the bin based on what he/she can feel. Are they smooth? Soft? Round? Squishy? 

    You can also hide objects or toys in the bins for your child to find. Try challenging him/her to locate it using only his/her hands! 

    What the benefits are for your child: This is an exploration of the wonders of touch and can be an excellent way to show your child the amount of information our hands can collect. From the roughness of a surface to the apparent warmth or coolness of an object, there are myriad discoveries to make.

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    2. Finger painting

    What it is: An artistic activity where your child flexes his/her creative skills.

    What you need: Large sheets of paper and child-safe paint. Add plastic sheets to your table or floor if you want to protect him/her from the paint.

    What you can do: Prompt the child to mix the colours using his/her finger to create new ones. You can also invite the child to copy the shapes you make or fill them in.

    What the benefits are for your child: This is one of the activities for toddlers that’s perfect for supporting fine motor skill development. It’s also a great way to introduce colours, boost hand-eye coordination, and stimulate creativity.

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    3. Sensory storytime

    What it is: The use of different media to add detail to book-reading or storytelling.

    What you need: A sensory children’s book (there are a lot of these now). You can also use a regular children’s book and just supply the sensory items or experiences yourself.

    What you can do: Ask your toddler to mimic the sounds or character voices in the book as he/she thinks they might sound. Another option is to ask him/her how the textures in the book feel.

    What the benefits are for your child: This engages children on several levels – cognitively, through the storytelling, as well as experientially through the sensory input. 

    We do this at My Little Campus fairly often, using props like hand puppets and finger puppets to add new dimensions to storytelling. The best part is that the children get to participate in the storytelling too!

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    4. Sensory balloon play

    What it is: Simple play using balloons 

    What you need: Balloons that you can fill with different things, like water, flour, or rice.

    What you can do: Ask your child to describe the different textures he/she can feel when touching the balloons. Is flour squishy? Is rice bumpy? Do the different fillings sound different?

    What the benefits are for your child: This is an example of activities for a toddler that develop gross motor skills. By tossing, catching, and squeezing the balloons, children sharpen coordination and muscular strength.

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    5. Play with child-safe clay

    What it is: Moulding, rolling, squeezing, and squishing child-safe modelling clay or playdough.

    What you need: Playdough (make sure it’s for kids and nontoxic)

    What you can do: Show your child how to make compound shapes like basic animals using simpler shapes put together, then invite him/her to recreate those shapes.

    What the benefits are for your child: This is another activity good for developing motor control. It’s also a good way to stimulate creativity in three dimensions.

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    6. Soap bubble activities

    What it is: Play involving bubble wands, blowers, and the like.

    What you need: Whatever bubble blower you can get your hands on. Just make sure the soap-and-water mixture is child-safe and unlikely to sting children’s eyes.

    What you can do: Prompt your child to chase after the bubbles or pop them as he/she comes out. You can even add a new layer of learning to it by getting him/her started on numeracy through counting bubbles!

    What the benefits are for your child: Toddlers love bubbles, so this is a fine way to work on your child’s overall physical fitness in a way he’ll/she’ll enjoy! You can help build better muscle tone as he/she chases and reaches for bubbles, boosting gross motor skill development.

    Discover a playgroup programme that provides such activities daily

    The activities above should get you started on supporting your child’s growth through sensory play. If you want to go further, though, consider enrolling your child in a preschool where it’s provided for from the outset.

    For example, My Little Campus provides sensory play activities for toddlers’ daily schedules. In our care, they discover new worlds of engagement and exploration every day!

    If you’re interested, you can learn more about our playgroup programmes for toddlers 18 months and up to better provide for children’s holistic development. Enquire about our programmes today.

  • January 2, 2024

    5 Nutritious Foods to Boost Your Child’s Immunity

    If you have a child aged 1 to 6 years old, you probably understand why nutrition is important for them. At this stage, they’re growing by leaps and bounds, but all of that growth requires fuel – and the best fuel for it is nutritious food.

    Only with healthy food can child development occur properly. Growth is a process that sees the body consuming a great many vitamins and nutrients, after all. This means a shortage of one of vitamins and nutrients can actively hamper your child’s development.

    Today, we’ll help you ensure healthy nutrition for children in your home by going over the key food groups and nutrients they need. With this guide, you should find it easier to keep your little ones on a balanced diet that sustains them!

    Fruit Rich in Vitamin C and Antioxidants

    Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins when it comes to healthy eating for children. One of the best-known physiological antioxidants, it inhibits the formation of free radicals, which are responsible for a lot of the eventual degradation in our bodies. 

    Vitamin C is therefore a protective vitamin from which your child can benefit. Moreover, it’s a key nutrient for the immune system, since it boosts white blood cell production.

    The best part of adding Vitamin-C-rich fruit to your child’s diet, though, is that it’s so easy. A lot of fruits that have this vitamin as well as other antioxidants are the ones popular with children!

    Good examples are berries, oranges, kiwis, mangoes, and pineapples. Even lemons (like most citrus fruits) are good options – try making lemonade with them, especially in summer!

    Vegetables Rich in Fibre and Vitamins 

    Vegetables are marvellous sources of fibre, which can help with children’s digestive health and blood sugar levels. It ensures that their bowel movements are regular, seems to be linked to fewer allergies, and even lowers the risk of overeating by helping them feel full.

    As an added benefit, most fibre-rich vegetables are also chock-full of other nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins are antioxidants, which again means they can help protect your child’s body from free radicals. 

    So, what veggies should you add to your child’s diet? Try broccoli, spinach, carrots, and bell peppers. These are fibre-rich veggies that have a tonne of vitamins and nutrients in them.

    The only problem is if your child isn’t fond of vegetables (which is fairly common). Try being creative here, e.g. turn the vegetables into veggie sticks that the children see as finger food. You can also try things like blending the veggies with fruit to make smoothies or creating a colourful and fun dish with differently coloured veggies.

    We do some of these things ourselves at My Little Campus, where we ensure children’s meals include ample helpings of fruits and vegetables daily. It’s how we build the habit of healthy eating from an early age in our children!

    Protein-rich Foods (including Non-Meat Sources)

    Proteins are vital for the growth and repair of tissue, as well as the healthy function of the immune system. A lot of protein sources also tend to provide nutrients such as Zinc and Vitamin D, both of which also support immune system health.

    You can get proteins from meat such as pork, poultry, fish, and eggs. However, vegans and vegetarian families needn’t despair: you can also get them from other sources like beans, lentils, and nuts.

    Fortunately, most protein sources are easy to incorporate into children’s diets. Most children will even eat nuts happily as snacks, although you can certainly try adding them to their meals through various dishes.

    Probiotic-rich Foods

    Good gut health is important in immune regulation. The microbiota or healthy bacteria in our guts actually play a key role in achieving immune homeostasis, or the state where our immune systems still protect us from pathogens yet don’t attack our own bodies. 

    To maintain your child’s gut health, try giving them probiotic-rich foods. Probiotics are live microorganisms that benefit the healthy bacteria in our guts. Good examples are yoghurt and fermented foods or drinks like kefir. 

    Yoghurt is especially easy to incorporate into a child’s diet because most children like it as a snack! Try finding yoghurt with a flavour your child likes, as many yoghurts now come with fruit flavours.

    Foods with Healthy Fats

    Fat isn’t always bad. In fact, your child needs fat to grow optimally! 

    The trick is to identify which fats are beneficial and which aren’t. For instance, omega-3 fatty acids are good because they have anti-inflammatory properties that support the immune system. Studies even indicate that they’re good for heart health!

    You can get such healthy fats through fish as well as certain plants. Chia seeds, flaxseeds, and even walnuts are good sources of these fats, for example. You can add them to your child’s diet either as ingredients in dishes or through supplements.

    Ensure that your child has a nutritious diet even at school

    The meals your child eats at home are just one part of the equation, of course. You have to think about what your child is eating when at school too!

    To that end, you should make sure that your child’s preschool is conscientious about children’s nutrition and needs. At My Little Campus, for example, we always provide children with a balanced diet for meals to ensure they have the vitamins and minerals they need to grow.

    Aside from that, we also introduce children to healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and nuts early on. The idea is to make sure that we build healthy eating habits as soon as possible, well before they have a chance to discover the “junk” alternatives they shall run into later.

    If you want to learn more, reach out to us. You can also contact us to learn about our many programmes for children at My Little Campus.

  • December 20, 2023

    5 Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Interest in English

    Is your child reluctant to learn or use English? Before anything else, don’t worry: this is more common than you may think and it’s far from insurmountable! 

    There can be many reasons for a child’s hesitation in English. Very often, it’s simply because they don’t feel confident in writing or speaking it yet. In other cases, it could be because they’re afraid to make mistakes. 

    But as it stands, English language development is essential for children. It’s not only one of the most spoken languages in the world but also one of our country’s official languages.

    Fortunately for you, we’re here to help if your child isn’t currently fond of the language. Today, we’ll go over how you can get your child to love English as well as learning it. 

    Make English learning fun 

    This remains one of the best ways to overcome a child’s reluctance with a subject. By teaching them to associate that subject with things they like – fun or entertainment, for instance! – they start to like that subject as well. 

    At My Little Campus, we structure English preschool lessons so that fun is part of the learning process. We may use word games to build vocabulary, for instance, or employ song-and-dance to let them apply their knowledge to something they enjoy. 

    Game difficulty can go up as children become more and more proficient in the language. From simple group book-reading, for instance, they can eventually progress to things like round-robin storytelling.

    This makes preschool English lessons engaging experiences for the children. Instead of being things they view with trepidation, the lessons become things they look forward to!

    Do focused reading time or storytelling together

    Love for books may not come naturally to all children, so it’s important to encourage this habit from a young age. It can do wonders for your child’s language development! 

    The best way to do it is to make reading sessions or storytelling sessions a fixture in your family schedule. Associate English reading or books with a time for enjoyment and bonding. 

    You can even add verve to your sessions by doing animated storytelling, where you “do voices” or even assume poses occasionally to illustrate what books are describing. It’s a great way to get children immersed in the plot or characters being read out.

    Some parents even make this a daily activity, e.g. reading to their children at bed time or during breaks. Over time, as your child begins to love reading and builds an interest in English, they may even get involved by doing the reading or choosing books for you!

    Choose a preschool that provides a balanced English programme

    Since a lot of your child’s English learning will happen in their preschool, you obviously want a preschool where the approach to the subject is as balanced as it is fun! 

    Look for a preschool where they know how to teach English to a preschool child without creating anxiety about the subject. Those that offer immersive use of the language – programmes conducted in it, for daily exposure – are good too.

    At My Little Campus, you can get all this and more. We focus on building key skills and a solid foundation in the language while nurturing each child’s love for it. Our teachers are also trained in the best ways to engage children while teaching them English.

    As such, we build children’s love for the subject with a variety of tools, from daily conversations about their interests to word games and puzzles. We even do regular interactive storytelling and roleplay in English!

    Arrange playdates with English-speaking peers

    One of the best ways to pick up a language and nurture one’s comfort with it is to perform immersion. Children learn a lot of things from their peers, so peer activities and experiences are a good solution. 

    Look for your child’s peers who regularly and comfortably speak English. By arranging playdates for your child and them, you allow greater exposure to language through natural experiences like everyday conversations. 

    Children can even pick up new phrases through the games they play, their chatter while interacting, and more. It’s an easy and natural way for your child to learn and also become more comfortable with using English in daily life.

    Reduce the pressure on your child to learn English

    If you suspect that your child is losing interest in English or lacking confidence in it due to the fear of making mistakes, you should think about reducing the pressure on your child to learn the language. At this point, it’s clearly doing more harm than good!

    Try letting your child know that it’s okay to make mistakes when learning a language. You can even show them examples of mistakes that you yourself have made in the past, to show them that it’s normal and common to commit errors. 

    The idea is to make sure they know that everyone is constantly learning languages. This de-stigmatises the idea of errors in English preschool learning, helping them feel more comfortable with their progress, no matter the shape it takes.

    Let us help with your child’s English development 

    In sum, there are many things you can do to help your child overcome their wariness of the English language. This is a language many children can become proficient in and even grow to love! 

    If you want added help with your child’s English development, however, feel free to come to us. At My Little Campus, English learning is one of the cornerstones of our programme, with teachers regularly using the language to provide children an immersive, safe space to grow familiar with it. 

    To learn more about how we foster a love of English among the children in our care, reach out to us today. You can also enquire about our different programmes and even schedule a tour of our facilities if necessary.

  • November 15, 2023

    5 Recommended English Books for Preschoolers

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    Do you know why it’s encouraged to read to your child? It’s because it’s one of the most effective ways to practise and improve their English language skills. Your child’s exposure to books helps them understand the language and nourish their imagination, which helps expand their world. 

    If you’re still not sure what benefits your little one can get from you reading to them, you’re on the right page! We’ll talk about why reading to your kids is important, introduce some classic books to read to your preschooler, and more. 

    Why read to your kids?

    1. Improve literacy skills
    When you read to your kids, it helps develop critical language and enunciation skills. When they can learn to read on their own, they’ll be able to read more words and understand the context of the book better as a result.

    2. Extends vocabulary
    Reading to your child exposes them to new words. In fact, a 2019 study estimated that kids whose parents read to them regularly in the 5 years before kindergarten are exposed to 1.4M more words than children who haven’t been read to!

    3. Enhances creativity and imagination 
    When you read to kids, you help them picture the characters of the book and visualise the story settings. This feeds their creativity, which is a useful skill for developing ideas and innovation.

    4. Improves concentration
    Regular and consistent reading can help to improve your child’s concentration abilities as well. It’ll also help them to learn to sit still and concentrate for long periods of time –  a good practice for their schooling days!

    5. Develops empathy
    When we read to our children, they take on the perspective of the characters. This results in developing empathy as they understand other people’s feelings and emotions.

    6. Gain a deeper understanding of the world
    Through books, your child can be exposed to various ideas, beliefs, attitudes, places, and real-world situations which can enable them to become open-minded.

    7. Parent-child bonding 
    Most importantly, reading to your child is an excellent activity that fosters parent-child bonding. It’s a nice way to spend time together and slow down at the end of a hectic day!

    5 Classic Books to Read to Your Child

    1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    Published in 1941, this book remains a classic up to this day. Set in Boston, Mr and Mrs Mallard fly all around to look for the perfect place to hatch their ducklings and live. The parents teach them survival skills, including moving them from one place to another as they grow old.Central theme: FamilyRecommended age range: 3-7 years old

    2. Are You My Mother? By Eastman P.D.
    This book, edited by Dr Seuss, is about a baby bird. His mother leaves her egg alone and flies off to find food, thinking her egg will stay in her nest where she left it. The baby bird hatches and immediately hurries off to find his mother. However, not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge.Theme: Sense of belongingRecommended age range: 3-7 years old

    3. Corduroy by Don Freeman
    This classic book for preschoolers follows a story about a teddy bear in the department store waiting for someone to take him home. A little girl named Lisa wants to buy him. However, her mother pointed out that his overalls are missing one of the buttons.With its bold and bright illustrations, as well as appealing characters and an easily understandable and relatable plot, it’s one that’ll keep your child hooked.Central themes: Friendship, kindness, sense of belonging, hopeRecommended age range: 3-5 years old

    4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    This popular children’s book follows a caterpillar’s development. This English book is short and colourful with lots of repetition, making it perfect for preschoolers. It also teaches basic concepts such as counting and the days of the week.Central theme: Benefits of eating healthy foodsRecommended age range: 2-7 years old

    5.Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    This book is a classic children’s bedtime story about a little rabbit saying goodnight to the items in his room before going to bed.This story includes rhyming words, colours, and reading comprehension, making it a perfect reading book for your preschooler.Central theme: Sense of security before falling asleepRecommended age range: 2-5 years old

    Some Tips to Have Effective Reading Sessions

    Make it part of their routine
    Try to read to your child every day (or night!). Incorporate this into their daily routine as much as possible until it becomes a normal part of their day, much like taking a shower.

    Encourage variation
    By having a variety of books, you open your child’s eyes to a range of cultures and characters and allow their creativity and imagination to thrive. Plus, it’ll also make reading time more interesting both for you and your child!

    Have patience
    Read slowly. You can even point out the words as you’re reading, and take the time to explain to them whenever they don’t understand something.

    Continue the discussion
    After putting down the book, you can make it an engaging session by asking questions about the book. This way, you engage their critical thinking skills and encourage conversation and communication, which are key skills for success both in school and life.

    Cultivate a lifelong love of reading with My Little Campus

    No matter what book you choose, it’s important that you use books as a tool for your preschooler to learn and understand the English language better, as well as expand his/her perspectives. There’s so much that little ones can learn from literature!

    That’s one of the reasons we emphasise reading at My Little Campus. That said, we use many other tools and activities to ensure children’s language skills and more can grow when they’re in our care! 

    My Little Campus offers everything from enrichment experiences to comprehensive programmes on subjects such as English, Mathematics, and even Mandarin. In this way, we help children achieve their true potential while setting them up for success. Visit our website to learn more!

  • November 14, 2023

    4 Activities to Nurture Creativity In Your Children

    It’s perfectly normal to wonder how you can aid your child’s development as they grow. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways you can do that, and one of the best options available to you is creative play. 

    This is because having creative experiences can help a child grow emotionally, socially, intellectually, and even physically. In fact, this is also why a lot of schools support creative learning now! 

    Intellectual benefits 
    Creative play helps develop basic Math skills, including basic geometry, shapes, measuring, and sorting. It can also hone their focus as well as the ability to problem-solve issues they may run into in play, like whether or not glue can hold together something they’re constructing.

    Physical benefits 
    Creative learning activities also develop a child’s fine motor skills, coordination, and control as they use their fingers to cut, paint, draw and paste. This can even help them become writing-ready!

    Emotional and social benefits 
    Creative activities provide a positive outlet to express emotions so the kids can learn how to communicate beyond verbalisation. Some creative play even helps with self-regulation skills. For example, we teach them the art of patience by waiting for the paint to dry.

    Self-esteem building
    Arts and crafts can also give your child a sense of achievement and promote pride in their work, which in turn builds self-confidence. It’s also a great way for your child to discover that it’s okay to make mistakes, and that even mistakes can lead to new discoveries!

    4 Creative Activities with Benefits for Children

    1. Oil pastel painting 

    This is a great activity that quieter, more artistically inclined children will love in particular. Plus, it’s pretty much a gateway to many other types of painting!

    Things you’ll need: 

    • Drawing paper
    • Oil pastels 
    • Baby oil 
    • Cotton buds 

    What to do:

    1. On a drawing paper, let your children draw their favourite things with the oil pastels. Ensure that they fill them in with colour. Even if they look like they’re just scribbling, let them – their imagination will lead them.
    2. Once done, smear some baby oil on the painting with a cotton bud and use the oil to blend different colours on the painting. If your child is old enough, you can even get him/her to help you blend the shades!

    2. Raised salt painting 

    Think of this creative activity as diamond painting, but with salt! Aside from stimulating your child visually, it adds tactile stimuli through the texture of the salt, which can add a new dimension of interest for kids.

    Things you’ll need: 

    • Food colouring 
    • Glue
    • Drawing paper
    • Paper plates
    • Pencil, and of course
    • Epsom salt

    What to do:

    1. To make your coloured salt, add a few drops of food dye to Epsom salt on a paper plate, then mix. You can repeat this process depending on how many colours your child wants, using new batches of salt each time. 
    2. Let your little artist draw shapes, scribbles, and patterns on the drawing paper.
    3. Apply glue to the areas that you want to be covered with salt, then pour the coloured salt over the glued area. Wait to dry. 
    4. You can also print a colouring sheet instead and use it as a guide. Apply different coloured salts to different areas.

    3. Playdough modelling 

    This learning activity is great for preschoolers as it’s easy and very simple to do. You can even provide them with just the playdough and let their imagination run wild! 

    Things you’ll need:

    • Playdough
    • Playdough cutters or tools (optional)
    • Playdough mats (optional)

    What to do:

    1. Give your child some playdough and let him/her make shapes out of it. You can sit next to your child to assist him/her, or let your child have fun making his/her own. 
    2. Try using playdough cutters and playdough mats to make textures on his/her shapes! You can even offer (clean) biscuit cutters and use those to cut shapes out of a layer of playdough.

    4. Water balloon painting 

    This activity can get messy and wet, so it’s best to do it outdoors! Take note that this isn’t balloon splattering, by the way – instead, you’ll use the balloons as paintbrushes for a new sensory experience.

    Things you’ll need:

    • Water balloons
    • Washable paint 
    • Large paper roll or sheet

    What to do: 

    1. Begin by filling up some water balloons with water. (Try not to fill them up too full as you don’t want them to burst while painting with them!)
    2. Lay the large sheet of paper down and secure the corners so the wind doesn’t blow the paper away. You can use books, rocks, shoes, etc. 
    3. Dip the balloons in washable paint and let the kids use them as paintbrushes, rolling and dragging them over the paper to make shapes and patterns! 
    4. Make sure to let the artwork dry before moving it!


    Tips to Make Clean-up Easier

    Kids love arts and crafts, so we’re sure they’ll have a good time with the activities we suggested. Be warned, though; there’s a very big chance that things may get messy! That’s why we have listed down some ways to have an easier time cleaning up after every arts and crafts session.

    • Put an old sheet, old newspaper, or garbage bags underneath your activity area. Old shower curtains work well too!
    • If you’re using your dining table, cover it with a vinyl tablecloth. You don’t want paint or scratches on your actual table’s surface. 
    • Have towels, wipes, and tissues nearby to immediately clean messy hands and wipe up spills. Try to prepare wet wipes or a bowl of water just for cleaning!
    • Dress your child (and yourself!) in clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty or stained. You can also use aprons. 
    • Ensure that they only stay within the designated play area. Otherwise, you’ll have more clean-up to do.

    Unleash your child’s creativity with My Little Campus 

    It has been said that creation is the highest form of learning. The earlier we expose our children to creative activities, the sooner they will be able to understand how to approach discovery and education in life. 

    Plus, it does more than give them access to creative outlets good for their mental health. It can also support their emotional, physical, and social well-being. In fact, many skills relevant to their overall growth as confident learners and contributing members of society can be sharpened through creative activities. 

    At My Little Campus, we emphasise the value of creativity in our programmes. If you want your child to be raised in a world where their creativity is given free rein, reach out to us. We offer comprehensive academic programmes for children aged 18 months to 6 years. Visit our website to learn more!