The Old Clock Tower and Wet Market in Taiping were used as the icons for 90 children from two preschools to come up with models for a special Merdeka Day 2012 competition held recently in the heritage town.
The event was hosted in another icon in Taiping, The First Galleria, where Tadika Harmoni Hati and Da Vinci Creative Kids got together and jointly organised a 3D miniature model making contest for ‘little artists’ where 13 entries were received for the Clock Tower and 10 for the Wet Market respectively.
The three to 11-year-olds were divided into individuals as well as groups of up to four participants and were given one month to come up with their art and craft models. They were encouraged to share their ideas and discuss with their team members on how best to design, finish and present the models.
Ng Seok Hui, 38, principle of Tadika Harmoni Hati said their aim was to instil a sense of pride in Merdeka Day to the children during the competition. “With 31 August as the main theme we hoped to foster creativity, innovation, imagination, observation and problem-solving skills among the participants”, she said. Ng added: “It is important to instil a sense of knowing about our Independence Day as well as to learn about the heritage of our Taiping town.”
Da Vinci Creative Kids head, Tan Lian Eng, 32, said their facility came up with different ideas to celebrate Merdeka Day each year. “We need to think of something out of the ordinary to build up the children’s teamwork and communication skills,” she said. The First Galleria curator, Anuar Isa, 60, said the competition was one of the ways the facility could help to promote the heritage of Taiping to youngsters. “We can teach the importance of heritage to children by using icons in Taiping as themes,” he said.