Project Play Date : Enjoying Traditions with Games and Music

Project Play Date is a new initiative of KIDS Club that aims to create a venue for cultural exchange between the learners and volunteers. Through this project, we hope to expose elementary students to various traditions like food and games from different regions and countries. On 6 October, the club welcomed volunteers from Japan and India as well as members of the Crossnote Choir who spent fun time with the learners from our Dulongbayan and Nangka DREAM Hubs.


KIDS Project Play Date

Yoshi Demonstrating How to Play Daruma Otoshi to KIDS Club Members on the Night Before Project Play Date


Culture Exchange Through Project Play Date


We were fortunate to launch the project at two SAI KIDS DREAM Hubs. In the morning, KIDS Club and the volunteers visited Dulongbayan Elementary School (DBES) in San Mateo, Rizal. And in the afternoon, the group went to Nangka Elementary School (NES) in Marikina to replicate the project.


Visiting SAI KIDS DREAM Hub at Dulongbayan Elementary School for Project Play Date


DBES Learners during their Welcome Song


Discovering Japanese Traditional Games


The activity started with a prayer song performed by Crossnote Choir followed by welcome songs from the learners. Mr. Yoshikatsu Usuda shared basic information about Japan.


Yoshi Sharing about Japan – Geography, Season, Famous Places


He also taught the learners some basic Japanese sentences such as greetings and saying thank you. After that, he introduced a traditional game commonly played by Japanese children. For DBES learners, he taught them how to play Daruma Otoshi. The goal of the game is to knock the center pieces out with the hammer without causing the doll on top to fall over.


Daruma Otoshi Toys for DBES Learners


Trying Out their Skills while Playing Daruma Otoshi


For NES learners, he demonstrated how to play Kendama. A wooden toy with three cups and a spike which fits into the hole in the ball. It is a game that requires some skills and good reflexes.


Kendama Toys for Nangka Learners


Accepting the Kendama Challenge


Learning about Indian Culture


Aside from the Japanese session, Mr. Aysuh Prakash also shared a lot of interesting information about his home country, India. Both learners and volunteers were surprised to learn the different parts of the Indian flag and their meaning. He also taught the learners some basic Hindi such as Namaste for hello/hi and Shukriya for thank you.


Understanding the Parts of the Indian Flag


Kids and Adults Learning Basic Hindi


The learners also had the chance to play a traditional Indian game called Kho Kho. It is similar to a tag game which is played in teams. The game is very popular in India even during the ancient times.


Teaming Up for Kho Kho


Enjoying Music and Singing


In addition to Japanese and Indian culture and games, the learners also enjoyed some fun time with the members of Crossnote Choir. The said choir is based in Maly, San Mateo, Rizal. They brought some musical instruments for the children to try such as drums, lyre, maracas, and tambourines. First, they showed how to play the instruments. Afterwards, the learners performed a nursery song with the choir using the instrument of their choice.


The Learners with their Musical Instruments


Following the happy mood for singing, the choir and the learners sang songs from Moana and Frozen which the children are very familiar with.


Learners Singing their Hearts Out with Crossnote Choir


Dulongbayan Learners with SAI and KIDS Club Members and Volunteers


The Project Play Date Team with Nangka Learners


After the activities, the learners also enjoyed some Japanese sweets and snacks.


Sweet Treats from Japan


To see some short videos of the project, please visit our FB Page.

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