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All hands on deck, and it's fun

Parents say D-I-Y projects teach children patience and perseverance and allow them to get to know their kids better too

Published on Aug 3, 2014 1:37 PM

What do you call a miniature ferris wheel powered by solar energy? The Singapore Fryer.

This toy is the brainchild of 12-year-old Zena Bek, who dreamt up the concept in 2011 after visiting the Singapore Flyer. Her father Kelvin Bek helped her create the toy using a wooden spatula, plastic containers and a plastic clothes peg holder.

Last month, she and her younger brother, nine-year-old Zackary, clinched the top prize in the ScizKid category at the 17th edition of the annual Sony Creative Science Award, Singapore's longest- standing toy-making competition for primary school pupils.

Engaging in do-it-yourself activities with your children - be it making simple art and crafts, toys, accessories or elaborate structures - has many benefits, say parents SundayLife! interviewed. Qualities such as patience, perseverance and learning the value of recycling can be inculcated in children through the hands-on process.

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