Every year around Chinese New Year, Singapore Philatelic Museum will launch an exhibit with a theme surrounding the year’s zodiac. Last year, being the year of the monkey, we saw the “More Than Monkeys” exhibit. This year, being year of the rooster, we have…
Chicken & Egg – A Fowl Tale!
After visiting More than Monkeys exhibit last year, we were hoping that this year’s exhibit would be as engaging and interactive for the kids. And we were not disappointed at all!
MY was absolutely hooked to the cooking set. He spent much of his time cooking eggs and serving them to me. He even found aprons which he gladly put on to complete the experience.. LOL!!
Beside the cooking play set, I found a stack of ‘Maths Recipes’ with interesting Math puzzles for kids to solve.
And on the refrigerator, there was this super fun game where kids could match pictures of eggs to the way the eggs were cooked!
Next to the ‘kitchen’, there was a nicely decorated ‘dining area’.
On the wall, we found the First Day cover for this year’s Singapore zodiac stamp collection. This set of stamps was released on 6 January 2017 and designed by local stamp designer Leo Teck Chong. The illustrations were based on a design concept of “roundness”, which signified fullness, wealth and prosperity.
And since we were in the ‘dining area’, we also found a display with stamps showing pictures of food made of chicken or eggs. I thought it was pretty witty!
On the dining table, there was an interesting chest which we couldn’t resist opening to see what was inside. Turned out it was an egg crate, used in the early 1900s to mail eggs!
Moving on, we found a station where kids could read a story titled “The Little Red Hen“.
As we moved through the exhibit, we found plenty of information related to chickens and eggs. I was very amused by all the information that the museum curator pulled together. From ‘How did Chicken Pox get its name’ to folktales and nursery rhymes involving chickens or eggs.
There was also a section with information about the zodiacs. Where I found out that my lucky numbers were 5, 7, 8 and my lucky colours were gold, brown and yellow. Right…
I really loved not just the selection of information, but the manner all the information was presented. From pull-out cards, to display shelves behind barn windows.
There was always something for kids to do. Like opening a box, pressing a button to activate the light, flipping over the board etc.
If your kid is suffering from information overload, take a break and play a game of maze – where you need to lead the little chick to its mother hen!
Or listen to the sounds made the the rooster, hen and chick.
Or complete a jigsaw puzzle of the stamp design from this year’s Singapore zodiac stamp collection which we saw earlier.
Or count the number of rooster / hens / chicks in the comic, while learning how to differentiate a rooster from a hen along the way.
And before you go, don’t forget you are at Singapore Philatelic Museum afterall. So spend some time checking out the painstakingly curated collection of rooster-related stamps.
Just like all the previous exhibits we saw at Singapore Philatelic Museum, I left the museum feeling impressed by the curator’s creativity and passion. You would think being a curator at a philatelic museum would be a rather mundane job, but the curator here clearly went beyond expectation to come up with fresh and engaging ideas each time. Someone should be given a good employee award.
This exhibit will be on display till 25 June 2017 – which makes it concurrent with “Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands“, the Harry Potter themed exhibit happening at Singapore Philatelic Museum in the next room (or next next. Okay, can’t remember, but they were along the same corridor).
With two amazing and very kids-friendly exhibits going on at Singapore Philatelic Museum now, I highly recommend visiting the museum before these two exhibits come to and end!
Information on Singapore Philatelic Museum:
Address: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Getting There: 5 min walk from City Hall, Bras Basah or Clarke Quay MRT.
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm
- Free for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents
- $8 for Adult
- $6 for Child (3 – 12 years old)
Free admission for all on Open House Days: New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, National Day, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas Day.
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