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Preschool children put up art showcase using recycled materials to advocate for caring for the earth

Updated: May 6

Curious faces and fingers being pointed excitedly at cute little crabs and turtles were a common sight at Central Public Library just last week. Not real ones of course - a whole underwater world including ocean and sea animals, corals and more was created by the little but nimble hands of preschool children! Children from Presbyterian Preschool Services had collected materials such as used plastic bottles, cardboards, straws, cups and newspapers to create impressive upcycled artworks seen at the Ocean in Motion art showcase.

The artworks on display were made of recycled materials, dried plants such as twigs, and even food waste like mussel and pistachio shells!

The Ocean in Motion art showcase was organised for the Creation C.A.R.E (Children’s Action to Rescue Earth) initiative, by Christian Preschool Alliance in collaboration with Presbyterian Preschool Services. Creation C.A.R.E endeavours to inspire, encourage and empower children to care for creation and the environment; it teaches children the importance of caring for the earth and simple actions they can take to make a difference.

The children from Ang Mo Kio centre learnt about how dolphins are endangered because of human activity, and were horrified and sad to find out that many dolphins had died because of the trash that ended up in the sea.

Thus, the Nursery 2 to Kindergarten 2 classes came together to create a dolphin out of cardboard and an ocean backdrop filled with trash such as drink cans to remind themselves not to pollute the ocean with rubbish.

Jvier, a Kindergarten 2 child, remarked that he was “so happy that there will be less trash in the ocean” since some of them were used to create the artwork.

Over at the Pasir Ris 21 centre, children had read from the book “Somebody Swallowed Stanley” and found out that Stanley, who was a plastic bag, looked so much like a jellyfish that some animals tried to have him for a meal.

Children were then curious to find out what a real jellyfish looked like, and observed from pictures that “jellyfish have no blood!” Some are also see-through since they have no colour, thus resembling a clear plastic bag.

They also noticed that “the jellyfish cap is like a trampoline” and the “tentacles look like noodles” since jellyfishes stretch into different shapes while they move.

Children created a sculpture of jellyfishes of various sizes in their original habitat out of recycled paper, cardboard and plastic bottles as they pondered about an ocean floor where jellyfishes can exist without plastic bags polluting their home. What a beautiful image of what ocean life could be when it is cared for!

Over the last weekend, we also had veteran storyteller Wong Swee Yean tell the story of Stanley to library-goers, while our Chinese Curriculum Specialist Danyang introduced Alba from the book “Alba the 100 Year Old Fish” to the children.

Both the stories of Stanley and Alba had revealed to the children how harmful throwing rubbish into the sea or oceans can be to the animals who live in them.

It was heartwarming to see over a 100 children learning and having conversations about the importance of protecting animals’ habitats such as the ocean and forests though wonderful and meaningful stories.

Though this Creation C.A.R.E project, the children came to understand that even though reusing and recycling trash is not enough to make a huge impact, small actions can make big waves. They hope that by spreading awareness about the harmful effects of polluting the earth, more people will be more careful and mindful of their everyday actions and attitudes and learn to adopt more sustainable practices.

Some children made a pledge to do their part to care for creation at the showcase. Will you join us on this mission?

We are very grateful to the National Library Board for partnering us for our first iteration of Ocean in Motion art showcase.

Be sure to join us at the next art showcase where there will be new artworks from other schools on display from 27-29 May at Orchard Central Atrium!

"Sea" you there!