"Design and Make Peranakan Slippers" •
Star Learners @ Choa Chu Kang Sports Centre
Background of the Activity
We believe in inspiring children through the power of stories. Our curriculum adopts a literature based approach to activities, where activities for the children are planned and implemented based on stories which they have read or heard.
Design and Make Peranakan Slippers
Through this activity, the children were given opportunities to:
- Recognise and describe the patterns in beaded slipper designs
- Create simple patterns to decorate their slipper flaps
- Strengthen their eye-hand coordination while performing fine motor skills e.g. cutting, pasting and colouring
Examples of the children's final creations of their Peranakan slippers
Next, to provide children with the opportunity to apply their understanding of patterning, the teacher invited the children to design their own Peranakan slippers. The teacher encouraged the children to think of and describe their intended patterns.
The children then used small objects (e.g. beans and sequins) to create their patterns on the slippers. This allowed them to practise their fine motor skills such as the pincer grip and control of small objects. As the children were creating different patterns on their slippers, the teacher went around the class and invited the children to talk about the patterns they created.
These are examples of what the children said:
Child A: "I can create AB pattern - red bean, green bean, red bean, green bean, red bean, green bean".
Child B: "I can see many patterns on my slippers".
Child C: "I am going to use the sequins to make, pink sequin, blue sequin, pink sequin, blue sequin, pink sequin, blue sequin".
Creating their patterns using materials provided
Closure of activity
|“Teacher, I make AB pattern – green bean, red bean, green bean, red bean.” Child A|
The activity provided an authentic context for children to find out more and apply their understanding of the concept of patterning. At the same time, children were also developing their fine motor skills as they manipulated small objects to create simple patterns on their Peranakan slippers. The children enjoyed the activity and were proud to share their creations with their friends.