Singapore Teachers Arrive Home Bearing Gifts!

I had to share part of this fantastic email that made my day yesterday!

One of the amazing teachers from Singapore who was part of last week’s delegation visit to ThinkFun sent me some great photos of her son sorting through the bounty of new games that returned home with his mom!

Dominique writes:

This learning journey of mine has been most memorable – not just in terms of how much we have learned from your expertise in educational toys, but your generosity and kindness are what made the trip most memorable.  I remembered a quote “You may not remember what people have done for you, but you will remember how they made you feel.”

You must visit us in Singapore so we can return your kindness. I would love you to see how excited the whole school is during our MBA (Mass Brain Activities) days!  You certainly have given us insight the clearer direction where our MBA programme should be headed and how we could promote to the ‘next level’.  I know our pupils will benefit from the trip of ours.

If the we were not restricted by the size of the package and our conscience, we would really have grabbed everything off your shelves on the last day!  I have attached pictures of my 5 year old son, Matteo,The first picture showed how excited he was to see the toys.  Like most children, he was attracted by the colours and the items he could identify with. He liked Chocolate Fix design most, followed by River Crossing – but he could play S’Match best.  I refused to let him open the rest, so the night ended with him fuming away!

Dominiques Son in bag 300x225 Singapore Teachers Arrive Home Bearing Gifts!

The next picture shows him playing with the box in which we packed our games – he played in it the longest – we converted to a car and he drew passengers  in them and drove them around.  That’s how easily a child can be satisfied!

Dominiques Son in box 300x225 Singapore Teachers Arrive Home Bearing Gifts!

I love this message – and the way Dominique’s son shows that you simply can’t engineer play!  Despite the oodles and oodles of shiny new toys surrounding him, what most captured his imagination was the cardboard box in which they arrived… this is great!

We are so looking forward to continuing this wonderful relationship with our new friends in Singapore – they are doing really exciting work that we’re eager to support and learn from!

One thought on “Singapore Teachers Arrive Home Bearing Gifts!

  1. Dominique Ang

    Dear Charlotte,
    Thank you for featuring Matteo in your blog, he may not fully understand what it means but he will know it means someone is writing about him! It just like how he is playing with River Crossing which is beyond him at the moment – he could only go pass up to Stage 3 – but he loved the manipulatives so much he’s creating stories using it while exploring alternatives. Isn’t it a wonderful way to teach a child logical reasoning as he sees his task meaningful and fun? Now I understand, after meeting the wonderful and insightful staff of Thinkfun, these two factors are vital in building perseverance in our children.
    Thank you again for the amazing learning experience at Thinkfun.

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