Despite the pandemic-caused closure of the P. C. Lee OneSky Global Centre for Early Childhood Development in Hong Kong, Lunar New Year was still cause for celebration!
Thanks to technology and the creativity of the Centre’s Family Mentors, around 50 families recently attended a festive and fun virtual Lunar New Year party. The event helped give young children served by the Centre a better understanding of the festival through a variety of interactive games and activities.
Dressed up in traditional clothes, Family Mentors and OneSky children sang Chinese New Year songs and enjoyed listening to stories about the holiday. There was also instruction in dragon dancing, allowing children to feel the rhythm and develop their fine motor skills. Interactive games (like hunting for festive items and art crafts show-and-tell) added a joyful new year vibe to the party.
Both caregivers and Family Mentors witnessed the growth of the young children while listening to them speak confidently about their tangerine drawings and spring couplets. The party came to a perfect end with the Centre staff members sending blessings to the families and a group photo taken featuring all little and big “tigers.”
Happy Year of the Tiger!
“Although the pandemic halted in-person service, the team has kept families engaged to help children’s development by adopting creative ideas and technology. Through communication tools such as WhatsApp and Facebook, we follow cases, provide parenting skills information and DIY games, etc. Moreover, we pledged our full support to the families in need by organizing different kinds of online activities and events,” said Mavis Yip, the Centre’s Senior Family Mentor.
Currently, the Centre offers a professionally-led online parenting skills training program for caregivers with children, aged 0-6, to continue their learning in responsive care, despite the ongoing pandemic.