Let's make a space for play, mate

(From far left) Samuel Wong, three, nursery teachers Rauth Gamo, 28, and Woon Tien Li, 31, and Julius Lee, four, paint a tyre bright yellow for their outdoor play space at St James' Church Kindergarten.
(From far left) Samuel Wong, three, nursery teachers Rauth Gamo, 28, and Woon Tien Li, 31, and Julius Lee, four, paint a tyre bright yellow for their outdoor play space at St James' Church Kindergarten.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Last Friday and Saturday, children from the kindergarten got to work on creating their own play space, with help from their parents and teachers, and staff and volunteers from non-profit design organisation Participate in Design (P!D).

The Hack Our Play initiative aims to transform the way play spaces are created and to let children conceive, create and curate their very own play space - from start to finish - with help from the community. Presented by Lien Foundation in collaboration with St James' Church Kindergarten, and organised by P!D, Hack Our Play will develop Singapore's first participatory, community-built play space to be launched before Children's Day this year. Any pre-school which wants to construct such a playscape in future will be able to do so with the online toolkit developed for this purpose.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2017, with the headline 'Let's make a space for play, mate'. Print Edition | Subscribe