Role play taken to a whole new level

Do you remember your ambitions when you were little?

I do. One of my ambitions back then was to be a stewardess. I loved flying on airplanes, and serving meals to people while pushing food trolley in flight seemed like a lot of fun and so I thought, ok I want to be an air stewardess when I grow up! I remember playing pretend stewardess with my sisters using my mom’s tea trolley. I even took her table cloth and turned it into my uniform (kain belah depan LOL). I was around 6-7 years old la ok. Hehe.

I asked Ayra what she wanted to be when she grow up and here’s what she wrote (yes, she actually typed this herself. Mind her spelling and grammar tho. She’s only 7! :D).

When i grow up i want to be a chef and i want to open ballerina caffe becos i love to bake cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pancakes, waffels. I also want to be artist and teach people how to draw in art class. They can draw and painting anyting and colour nicely. I love to draw and bake becos drawing is the best thing and baking is fun becos i can make any treats i like and eat it. Maybe first I will be a chef and then I will be an artist. I am so excited to open my ballerina caffe and art class.

Hahaha how cute and innocent!

I think her ambitions are great and as parents, it’s our job to encourage our children to dream big whether, it’s unrealistic or not. Parents should believe in their child because they believe in themselves. Your motivation and encouragement means a lot to them because in their eyes, we are their superheroes. As parents, we need to instil the belief that no dream is too big, be supportive and provide them the tools to pave a path towards the success of their dreams. One way to do it is through role play, which not only helps develop a child’s cognitive, gross and fine motor skils, but also allows them to exercise their imagination and lets them to go through the motions to explore what they might like to try out in the future.

Speaking of role-playing, we brought our girls to Kidzania a few weeks ago, as soon as the school holiday started. My girls love Kidzania! That was actually their third time – first time was in Kidzania Jakarta a few years ago, second time was in KL earlier in 2015. They can’t seem to get enough of it. And as a parent, I can’t either. When we first went to Kidzania, I was excited and impressed. It’s an indoor real functioning kid-sized city, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and recognizable destinations in the form of “establishments” sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands – which makes it even more realistic because it mirrors real life even more!

It allows kids to do “jobs” just like in the real world – complete with uniforms, and they even get paid for their work! There are over 100 “jobs” in Kidzania – surgeons, nurses, police officer, judge, TV crew, postman, fireman, supermarket cashier, pilot, artist, beautician and lots more.

Role play is a serious business in KidZania. It is experiential learning at work and really drives home benefits that are not limited to only physical development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but also instills and ignites what may possibly be a kid’s real interest or potential in a certain undiscovered area (as I’ve mentioned earlier on). Apart from that, our kids also learn socialization skills, independence and creativity – all skills that they will need to succeed as adults and prepare for the world out there. Plus, it’s super duper fun!

It’s really an incredible place for kids to play, learn and experience new things. If only we had this kind of thing back then. Kids nowadays are so lucky!

 

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IMG_7065When kids come to KidZania, they are each given a starting capital cheque worth 50 KidZos (the official KidZania currency) that can be cashed in a bank.

 

IMG_7071Ka-ching!

The last time we went to KidZania, my girls had already experienced working as milk processing operators at Vitagen factory, surgeons at KPJ Hospital, burger maker at Marrybrown, AirAsia pilot, TV crew, firefighter and they even do batik painting.

This time around, they wanted to do other jobs… which is fine. The more job experience, the better.

 

IMG_7114But it’s not ALL work, all the time. Kids also go around as customers and consumers. Here, the girls are spending some KidZos at the Z-Mart supermarket.

 

IMG_7079It’s fun to watch the kids learn to navigate the store looking for the items on their grocery list. It doesn’t seem like much but they’re learning to organize themselves as well as their financials.

IMG_7095Check out time! Maybe next time, I’ll let them do the real groceries.

IMG_7096After shopping, they decided to go to the beauty salon…

IMG_7104…and have (real) manicures!

IMG_7139After the mani session, money is running a bit low – so the kids need to earn more KidZos. Here they’re trying out life as Lifebuoy Health Researchers.

IMG_7151This was one of their favourite jobs that day as they get to “mix some potions to make soap” and choose their own color for the soap.

IMG_7194Another job that they enjoyed was being nurses and taking care of newborns at the nursery.

IMG_7220Unfortunately, parents are not allowed inside the hospital so we just peeked from outside the windows. The girls learned how to bathe, put lotion, swaddle and bottle-feed baby (they use dolls, don’t worry). Bagus, dah practice nak dapat adik! Hehe.

IMG_7180Researchers at Pharmaniaga Citrex Vitamin Research Institute.

IMG_7232And they also learned how to sew bookmarks using sewing machine!

IMG_7252Actual roads, ambulance, light posts… truly a city build for kids!

I had a great time seeing my kids engrossing themselves with the activities so I got curious as to how they felt. they told me, in their exact words, this:

“I learned how to get money from the bank. And then I learned how to buy grocery using the list and also how to pay using the money. I also learned how to make soap and how to properly stir the soap potion. And lastly I learned how to take care of the baby. It’s my favourite because now I know how to bathe and put lotion and give milk to baby.”

I was surprised actually because instead of the fun that they had, they told me that they enjoyed the learning part and the new knowledge and skills that they learned by the end of the day. I guess it wasn’t a bad idea at all to bring them to KidZania!

It really is a life-learning centre that inspires kids to pursue their dreams as they get to explore what it’s like to live and work in a real functioning city. If your kids haven’t been to KidZania yet, you really have to bring them!

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Checkout KidZania’s website at www.kidzania.com.my to learn more about the activities.



Comments

  1. Kak Iza, I miss reading your blog!! I pray that you & family are well there 🙂 And oh, congratulations on the new bun in the oven, ALhamdulillah! 🙂

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