Toy Library

Student volunteers from Temasek Polytechnic, Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (ECS), are engaging the children at the Toy Libraries located in the Community Clubs and Residents’ Committees as part of a collaboration with North East CDC. These students will plan monthly activities at three different Toy Libraries in the North East District, namely Pasir Ris Elias CC, Punggol SapphiRes RC and Tampines Palmwalk RC.

Two ECS students share their thoughts on their experience. 


Teh Zu Wei, Year 1

Teh Zu Wei (left, in orange) helping a child during the activity.

What is this project about?

This project is a collaboration with Northeast CDC to help plan activities for the children at the mobile toy libraries in the North East district. As this is a volunteering project, I was able to give back to the society and also gain valuable experience working with children. 

What is an interesting experience you encountered?

I noticed the parent-child interaction as I was working with a child on her craft work while her mother was sitting beside her. Throughout the process, the mother was helping to guide the child with the craft work and it struck me that parents’ involvement plays a huge part in children’s work. While the mother was providing cues to guide the child, I felt that the mother was focused more on the end product rather than the process. Simple gestures or cues from parents, although with good intentions, can cause the child to lose motivation and confidence. However, the child was able to complete the work and felt pleased with herself through her mother’s words of encouragement. She even wrote her name neatly on the back of her artwork. 

What are some takeaways / learning you had from this experience?

Storytelling was awesome, mainly because the children were involved. At first I was really afraid that the children will not be interested. But I learnt that it is not the case, so long as you are enthusiastic and passionate with a little bit of exaggeration and drama, the kids will definitely be hooked onto the activity that we have planned. I also learnt that as an early childhood educator children are our priority. We have to let go of our ego and just have fun with the kids. 


Megan Catherine Wallace, Year 2


Megan Catherine Wallace (left, in orange) during the activity.

What is this project about?

This project is a collaboration with Northeast CDC to help plan activities for the children at mobile cart libraries/toy libraries in the North East district. We introduced the topic of seasons, to the group of children through song and dance followed by a storybook reading before ending it off with an art and craft activity to increase their interest in the topic. 

What is an interesting experience you encountered?

I was quite taken aback by how comfortable the children were with me while I was assisting them during the activity, as the children were quite shy when we did our opening activity.   

What are some takeaways / learning you had from this experience?  

I think it is important to expose children to a wide range of topics. Although we do not experience seasons in Singapore, it is still important to teach the children about them.