This year, Blossom Creative Centre celebrated National Day with a blast from the past as we introduced traditional games such as ‘Five Stones’, ‘Chongkak’, and ‘Chapteh’ to the children. As tradition has it, we started off the celebrations with a sing-a-long-session of popular national songs. “One People, One Nation, One Singapore”, “We Are Singapore”, and “Count on me Singapore” were among the many favourites!
Following that, the teachers tested their memory and skills as they revisited the rules and regulations of some old-time games as they kicked off the games demonstrations. Children were only too eager to join in the fun and play along with their teachers. ‘Chapteh’ was a hot favourite as the children had a lot of fun trying to balance and co-ordinate their feet, trying to keep the ‘Chapteh’ up in the air! At the ‘Congkak’ station, children were introduced to the game for two where a player gathers as many marbles as they can in their own ‘storehouses’. When the marbles run out, the player with the most marbles in their ‘storehouse’ wins the game! Some of our kindergarten children were familiar with the game while others caught on quickly as they excitedly played rounds and rounds.
To end the National Day celebrations, we proceeded to the food station where a traditional malay dessert called Bubur Pulut Hitam will be introduced. Children were introduced to the ingredients used in Pulut Hitam, which is a combination of black glutinous rice, coconut milk and sugar, cooked to a soft paste and served hot. They had a go at mixing and cooking the dessert for themselves before tucking into the sweet and delicious paste and asking for more servings!
It was a memorable learning experience for the children that day as they took home some knowledge of old traditions in Singapore. It has been 47 years of independence but some of Singapore’s rich traditions still live on in many of our hearts. We hope the children of today will treasure and preserve these traditions and carry with them some memories of what Singapore used to be back in the old days. Lastly, we hope the children will always be thankful for Singapore’s achievements and the leaps and bounds of progress our little nation has made.
Happy Birthday Singapore!