|Dress me. I'm ready!|
Chris was clearly delighted in explaining to the residents and the volunteers of The Sunshine Group how to tackle the doll making. The keywords were fun cum simplicity. The 2 colourful samples stirred our interest. She had bought the little darling peg figures from Singapore and pencilled the faces for the prepared activity. From then onwards, it was up to us to dress the dolls for a parade of sorts.
This activity was even' trickier' than the previous Raya card making. Again the fine motor skills had to be employed to carry out the task. Before our eyes and in our hands the dolls came alive. Wool was twisted round the top part of the peg for upper torso. A scrap of cloth was gathered and wrapped round to make the dress. Hair was high fashion defying gravity, very punky in some. I helped to tie the woolly hair in a bundle. When asked if she would prefer it sticking out like a broomstick (!) or more sedate, just framing the face down to shoulder length, my partner opted for the latter. No bad hair day hairstyle, thanks!
|Let me help. This is tricky.|
|Am I your sweet gal next door??|
|Flaunt it, if you have it!|
Everyone was immersed in their spontaneous mirthful laughter. Dressing up dolls is simply engaging. No wonder girls love the sweet Barbie dolls to pretty her up. But this activity with some basic materials like wool, pipe cleaners, scraps of colourful materials and a wee bit of glue managed to liven moods and create a carefree session.
|Everyone can play!|
The students of Monash Uni on their asignments were part of the session. They were asked to judge and declare the best looking dolls for prizes. 'But these are dolls.We prefer the real beauties!' Anyhow, a verdict was reached.
|Let me join the parade|
|Colourful people !|
|Will I be chosen??|
|How do they get through Miss World judging? This is difficult enough!!!|
To round off the session, it was time to recognise universal symbols in our daily lives. A good diversion I must say to test and refresh our minds of some important symbols. Answers flew in readily. In fact, the residents are familiar with the symbols pertaining to shopping malls and public places like hospitals.
So ended another lively session. For Chris who was in charge of the session, her signature local dish of yam cake is always a winner. What's more when the yam was lovingly stirred to its right consistency during the wee hours of 5 o'clock to prepare it fresh for snacks for the residents.