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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following the happy mood for singing, the choir and the learners sang songs from Moana and Frozen which the children are very familiar with.
After the activities, the learners also enjoyed some Japanese sweets and snacks.
To see some short videos of the project, please visit our FB Page.