Nowadays, we do not need good-boy-nice-girl who only follow orders, but treasure kids who show initiative, self-discipline and imagination. Although toddler classes and interest classes are popular among families with young children, appropriate playtime seems to be more beneficial to children’s development. Supported by the Central and Western District Office, Home Affairs Department, YWCA Western District Integrated Social Service Centre sets up Playlab, serving children and families in the neighbourhood.
Playlab is a co-playing space that allows families in the community to have fun. Another goal of the project is to educate parents to conduct meaningful and interesting games at home, by introducing different play theories and techniques. For example, it is equipped with materials for the well-known Montessori education, so that ordinary families, who cannot afford the lavish tools, can have a taste of the famous education programme. More importantly, parents will learn to implement Montessori principles at home.
There are also workshops on free play and sensory play, both of which make use of handy objects. Free play allows participants to think outside the box and hence materials like cup, plate, sponge can also be entertaining. Sensory play stimulates children’s senses by employing materials with different texture, for example, the powdery flour, the creaming shaving foam, the smooth fabric etc.
From now to April, 2022, free workshops covering the three play theories will be held regularly, and are open for registration on a first-come-first-served basis, while vacancy lasts. Feel free to join us!