Merlion and the Singapore skyline.
Make the post-exam break extra-special for your child — she can learn all about our growing nation via these enrichment opportunities that are loads of fun for you both!
APPS TO EXPLORE
Use your kid’s addiction to her phone to teach her. There are several augmented reality apps or heritage trail apps to celebrate our history. The Culture Explorer by Samsung Electronics Singapore on the Google Play Store enables users to learn about heritage sites by pointing to the interior or exterior of a landmark and take its picture. Once you do that, the app will process the image and open a virtual reality tour that’ll talk your child through the evolution of these landmarks — both historically and in structure. There’s also the Singapore Time Walk (for Android and iOS phones), which similarly involves aligning a picture of a Singaporean attraction on the app, to start a guided exploration of its history — leading to a great heritage walk! There’s also PocketTrips SG50 — an app created by the MOE with the cooperation of various schools. If your child attends one of those schools, she probably knows about the app already. You could ask her to lead your family on a guided walk, and bond with her while sharing the facts on the app!
DIGITAL DANCE IT
You can dance if you want to! The Digital Dance Studio at Singapore Discovery Centre will engage your child with four- to five-minute cultural-dance video tutorials representing Indian, Malay, Chinese, and European cultures. By the way, they’re free of charge! They also have several displays, art pieces, and exhibitions at 510 Upper Jurong Road, 6792-6188 for this SG50. Don’t forget to check out other exciting activities like the 4D simulator ride ($10/ride, and a minimum height requirement of 1.2m) and crisis-simulation theatre.
National day songs have been part of several Singaporean lives. Dig deep into your memories and favourites like Home, We Are Singapore and Chan Mali Chan, among others will crop up. And of course then there are songs with questionable (yet hilarious) lyrics, but they’re all part of your cultural history. The bottom line is, teach your kids these songs so that they too can be part of the cameraderie that binds the nation, and let them grow up with the same fond memories as you did.
Most kids find it hard to appreciate history, which is why Singapore History Alive With 3d!, an interactive and digital media presentation consisting of educational games, animation videos, presentation slides, and quizzes, is a must-try. Built on the MOE Social Studies curriculum it’s used for 250 Primary 4 children in Pasir Ris Primary School currently. The virtual-reality part takes sweetie back to 1819 when Singapore was a fishing village. She’ll be able to “wander” around the village and engage with historic figure like Sir Stamford Raffles, Sultan Hussein and the Temenggong of Johor and get to know about their contributions to Singapore. Other great things to “explore” will include the settling of Chinatown, Kampong Glam, Little India and bustling Boat Quay. Talk to her school about getting students to experience this, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.