An art and craft festival for children held at Bandar Botanic in Klang on Sunday not only turned out to be the perfect event to keep the more than 100 children busy, but also gave parents some much-needed recreation.
While the children were engrossed in learning moral values and the need for them to help others through art, their parents spent the morning playing games and participating in a parenting programme.
The art and craft festival, themed Enriching Lives, was jointly organised by the Bahai Community of Bandar Botanic and the Bandar Botanic Residents' Association.
Gamuda Land, which is the parent company of Harum Intisari Sdn Bhd, developer of Bandar Botanic, also contributed in cash and kind for the programme.
Though held for the first time, the event attracted 109 children aged between four and 12 years old.
Upon registration, the participants were divided into three groups according to age before they participated in three skills workshops on a rotation basis.
The three workshops singing, story telling and art and craft were aimed at promoting virtues such as love, kindness, obedience, thankfulness and truthfulness.
All the children took part in all the workshops in order for them to learn, understand and see things with the same perception.
During the singing workshop, they were taught the importance of being united through a song titled Good Neighbours Come in Colours.''
The song emphasised the elimination of prejudice among people of different races and religions.
The children also learnt that they could become an asset to their community if they were united and lived in harmony.
This was taught via the art and craft workshop which stressed on the importance of team work.
The art and craft workshop saw children painting banners that had been printed with the message We are building communities.
Besides enjoying the singing session, children from all age groups enjoyed applying their creativity and skills in painting the banners.
The storytelling workshop provided them with an opportunity to learn the art of narrating stories to others.
They also attended a 15-minute puppet show as part of the storytelling workshop and which stressed on the need to be caring toward others.
At the end of the half-day festival, the children presented a song and a sketch for their parents.
Oranising chairman Selva-rani Perumal said both the children and their parents had a lot of fun while participating in the festival and parenting sessions.
She said the parenting session, which was conducted by corporate consultant Ong Eng Eng, included elements of learning and sharing.
I wish to thank all those who helped make this event a success,'' she said.