Make time for some edu-tainment for the tweens.
Instead of having your almost-teenager indulge in the usual leisure pastimes (read: shopping and eating), why not sign them up for constructive and creative activities to help them grow? Here are 9 choices — from cooking to theatre, squash to digital literacy — for kids between 8 to 12 to pick from.
Holiday camps are aplenty, but the ones offered by Inspired Arts do not only focus on developing your kid’s artistic side by offering all kinds of artistic experiences, but are excitingly themed as well. Kiddo can sculpt fish using upcycled plastic in the An Ocean Beyond camp, or create forest fauna using wire and beads in the Twisted Jungle camp.
This is the chance to let tiny Jamie Olivers and Nigella Lawsons fine-tune their culinary skills. In daily workshops and masterclasses held over a five-day camp at Camp Asia, kids will learn about types of food and figure out how to prepare and cook them. As a finale, they role play by setting up restaurants, and serving friends and family their creations.
Imagine tucking into a Peranakan meal prepared by your own mini-chef! Have them sign up for Grandmothers’ Recipes‘ cooking lessons with veteran cook and author Rosaline Soon. Classes are conducted in groups of five to 20 in her air-conditioned home kitchen. Children will have fun kneading dough for curry puffs, pasta, and pineapple tarts, and enjoy eating them after.
Fuel his or her desire to sing and dance. Centre Stage School of the Arts‘ course offers children opportunities for future stage experience. From learning to sing contemporary pop and musical theatre numbers to choreographing them, students will develop coordination, rhythm, stagecraft, teamwork and confidence.
Using a multi-sensory approach to learning, Berries World of Learning School offers a proprietary syllabus approved by SG’s Ministry of Education to increase your child’s knowledge base of the Chinese language. Through one-on-one oral reading practice, and listening comprehension techniques, students will gain self-assurance to tackle academic challenges.
By Annabelle Fernandez, Charmaine Ho and Chia Sihan, adapted from Harper’s Bazaar Junior, The Finder Kids (Vol. 21); additional reporting by Christopher Ong Ujine, September 2018 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, July 2019
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