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As part of the Virtual Red Box, volunteers and interns are helping to keep children entertained at home while their parents work.

With plenty of time during circuit breaker, a group of youths have found a way to spend it meaningfully - by joining in the KidsFun programme organised by Youth Corps Singapore (YCS) to keep the young ones entertained! 

For five days a week from May 11, six youths from the Youth Corps Leaders Programme and two YCS interns, aged 19 to 24, have kept young children aged six to nine meaningfully engaged. 

The programme, which runs till May 29, aims to assist parents, who are working from home due to the extended circuit breaker, to keep their children occupied. This allows parents to concentrate fully on their jobs. 

YCS intern Sabrina Jamal, 19, said: "I felt that through KidsFun Online , we play an important role in relieving parents of their time to work or complete the chores at home. Parents also entrust us to keep their kids meaningfully engaged and it can be seen as a form of service to the community especially during this circuit breaker." 

Last week, the children and volunteers played educational games such as Sound Detectives, aimed at helping the children understand the importance of their sense of hearing, and Scavenger Hunt, to encourage the kids to think out of the box and practise their teamwork skills. 

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The children playing scavenger hunt with volunteers and interns from YCS via Zoom. 
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH CORPS SINGAPORE 

On Friday (May 15), they were also guided by the volunteers to make a card for someone they appreciated to instil the value of gratitude through simple gestures. 

19-year-old Lee Pei Xuan, one of the six youths under the Youth Corps Leaders Programme, added: "Conducting activities with the children online has been vastly different from my past volunteering experiences. The virtual sessions presented a number of challenges, however with some ingenuity and teamwork, we managed to overcome the various challenges that cropped up along the way. I am thankful for the opportunity to bring some joy to the children during this circuit breaker period." 

Other activities for the upcoming week include playing Bingo, Guess the Word!, as well as Show and Tell, a sharing session on the kids' favourite toys, designed to train their speaking abilities. All sessions are held on Zoom. 

Sabrina said that it was a learning experience for her to be doing such an engagement digitally. 

"It is something that has not been widely ventured yet. As our engagements are limited to the screen, it is important for us to plan activities that fully utilise sounds and visuals so children can be more engaged," she said. 

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List of activities for the KidsFun Programme. 
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH CORPS SINGAPORE 

Clarabelle Chan explained that she was initially afraid that the kids might be very rowdy and she wouldn't be able to control them. 

"However, after conducting the first session I realised that they really listened well to instructions and were very cooperative. Seeing them smile, laugh and do all sorts of actions to express their excitement and happiness gives me a sense of satisfaction. I'm glad that during this difficult circuit breaker period, I am still able to volunteer and make a positive difference in someone else's life in the comfort of my own home," said the 19-year-old. 

She added: "I feel that this programme provides a great opportunity for kids with different family backgrounds to come together to learn and have some fun during this tough period of time where everyone is stuck at home. It also allows the kids to be more meaningfully engaged during the school holidays which is supposedly the highlight of every kid's life where they take a break from school and studies." 

The KidsFun programme is part of YCS' Virtual Red Box programmes. Visit here for more information. 

BANNER AND TEASER PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH CORPS SINGAPORE

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