Right to Play: makchic x LinDees Children’s Day PlayDate

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Would you like to maximise playtime with your little one in order to nurture intellectual, social, and physical development? Build an environment which will allow them to express their emotions, independence, and creativity safely?

Many different studies have emphasised the importance of play in healthy development of children. It is deemed so important that it is enshrined in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, with every child having the right “to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in the cultural life and the arts.”

A PlayDate on Children’s Day

Source: LinDees

In celebration of United Nation’s World Children’s Day, makchic and LinDees are assembling a stellar cast of experts for a very special PlayDate, to explain the science behind play and brain development, forms of play which can assist children to process their feelings, using body gestures for pre-verbal connections, and how to empower child-led play. Parents will learn easy and practical age-appropriate play ideas and strategies, and how to set up enriching play spaces at home.

Leading the play are specialists in child development, play therapy, communication, and creativity – Anyaman Preschool, Pop!, Toy Libraries Malaysia, The Nesting Heart and Play4Play’Sake.

If you are worried about keeping your children occupied, there is plenty to do and enjoy! From sharing and bonding sessions with parents, interactive play and special crafting sessions, to roaming LinDees’ sprawling sensorial and development- based playland.

Child’s Play Takes Center Stage

Get an all-access PlayPass to attend the following sessions during this special PlayDate:

Time Programme
10:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m Learning through Play by The Nesting Heart
11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m Power of Play by Pop! & Anyaman Preschool
2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m Bonding through Play by Toy Libraries Malaysia
4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m Play without Boundaries by Play4Play’Sake

Spaces are limited. To avoid disappointment, hurry and reserve your spot for your selected session(s)! For more details and to purchase your tickets, head here.

To enjoy up to 50% early bird discounts, be sure to book your PlayPasses before 17th November!

1. Learning through Play 

Namrita of The Nesting Heart conducting her session at the Kerjasama Deck in LinDees.

Founder of The Nesting Heart, Namrita Bendapundi holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Purdue University, USA. She is on a mission to inform, empower and support couples and families in the birth and parenting journeys.

In this session, Namrita will offer parents a brand new perspective on play and how our children’s brains develop, that is backed by research on neuroscience and psychology. Walk away with practical, easy strategies that you can put into use at home right away, to help your children reach their full potential.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m 

No. of participants: 30 adults (ideal for parents of children aged 0-6 years)

Parents may leave their children in the playland during the session. Infants and toddlers may be supervised by their caregivers at a special section while older children can enjoy the playland’s facilities.

2. Power of Play 

Source: Anyaman Preschool

This session will be jointly run by Pop!, a new child-centred play therapy and expressive therapeutic space, offering a range of services to journey with the child through grief, anxiety and trauma, and Anyaman Preschool, a Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood centre, with a unique, emergent curriculum.

Quek Sue Yian, a certified therapist trained under Play Therapy UK and Harvard-educated Joanna Lim from Anyaman Preschool will outline play and its different functions as practised in therapeutic and pre-school settings. Joanna will demonstrate the different forms of play used at Anyaman, while Quek Sue Yian will explore the benefits of play therapy. Both speakers will provide ideas on how to enrich play spaces at home.

Time: 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m

No. of participants: 30 adults

Parents may leave their children in the playland during the session. Infants and toddlers may be supervised by their caregivers at a special section while older children can enjoy the playland’s facilities.

3. Bonding through Play

Source: Toy Libraries Malaysia

The non-profit association, Toy Libraries Malaysia believes that play, play things and playful interactions are essential for optimal and holistic development, especially in children. The association aims to assist, coordinate, support and facilitate the establishment and supervision of toy libraries in underprivileged neighbourhoods across the country.

Aileen Hoe, Director of English Champ and Honorary Secretary of Toy Libraries Malaysia Association, will be running fun and engaging play-based activities, using music and movement. By the end of the session, parent and child will be able to connect emotions and play to learning, to be aware of the usage of body gestures and eye contact to connect, and to experience purposeful play that could be replicated at home. Do note that this session will be predominantly child-led and parents/ guardians will be guided to observe their children’s verbal and non-verbal communication and needs.

Time: 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m.

No. of participants: 10 adults & 10 children (ideal for parents of children aged 3-6 years).

4. Play without Boundaries 

Source: Play4Play’Sake

Play4Play’Sake is a play advocate aiming to give play opportunities to all children from all levels and backgrounds, disabled and disadvantaged. As part of a new adventure playground movement, Play4Play’Sake emphasises giving children easy access to direct their own play and the freedom to enjoy and discover open-ended creative adventures in a safe space.

In this session, discover how much fun you can have with ‘loose junk’ and ‘Pop-Up Adventure Play’! Play advocate, Sharifah Nurzura AlBaiti will share with parents how everyday objects could be fun and engaging for children.

Time: 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

No. of participants: 30 adults & 30 children (ideal for parents of children aged 3-10 years).

Sharing the joy of Play

In the spirit of teaching children the joy of sharing and giving to others, makchic x LinDees, in collaboration with Toy Libraries Malaysia, will be organising a toy donation drive from 17th November to 24th November at LinDees Playland. Encourage your children to write fun & meaningful ‘play pal’ notes as they part with their pre-loved toys and send them off to a loving home.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of Toy Donation to help you in your selection of age-appropriate toys:

Don’t miss out – make a PlayDate with us on 24th November, at LinDees Playland, from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m! Get the latest updates here.

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