Another weekend is here and the new round of stricter measures only means more time with your little ones at home. Well this weekend, how about you and the family engage in some 3D FUN! Take the chance to teach your little ones about the origin of this sweet-tasting treat whilst making your own paper version of ang ku kueh! While you’re at it, the activity also comes with a template for Ice Ball, now better known as ice kacang - another local favourite!
I mean, just take a look at how adorable these are!
Let's get started!
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN 3D PAPER ANG KU KUEH
The 3D FUN printable can be found in the fourth issue of Art Wonders (page 10 & 11). Look out for the printer icon to access and download the template at just a click of the button!
Tip: Before printing, make sure to adjust the printer settings such that Ang Ku Kueh and Ice Ball are printed on an A4 paper each!
Fill your ang ku kueh and ice ball with colour!
Did you know that ang ku kuehs were traditionally red in colour where the colour red symbolises joy and happiness in Chinese culture? Featured in our ABCs of Singapore Phonics book, this sticky, chewy local delight is one of the five characters that helps young children to develop essential language and early reading skills through stories of Singapore’s food heritage!
Tip: Here are some discussion questions that you can engage your little one with:
If you could create your own ang ku kueh for people to eat, what colour would you like it to be? Will your ang ku kueh have patterns on them? What kind of flavours would you like the ice ball to have?
When the characters are properly filled with colour, it’s time to cut them out! Guide your scissors along the dotted lines as carefully as you can.
Fold on the solid lines and assemble the ang ku kueh and ice ball by applying glue to the flaps!
You will notice that the ang ku kueh is shaped like a tortoise. This is because ang ku kuehs were used as an alternative to tortoises as a sacrifice to Chinese deities in seeking good fortune and longevity. The tortoise shape symbolises wealth and completeness. Today, ang ku kuehs are found in the everyday coffeeshop for anyone to snack on at any time of the day and even come in different colours and fillings! What filling does your ang ku kueh have?
All you need for this 3D FUN activity are simple craft and colouring materials. What a simple and engaging weekend activity you can do with the family! Apart from printables, the digital newsletter also contains insightful articles and stay-home project ideas that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.
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Charlene believes in engaging young children through storytelling, using art as a form of expression. She enjoys nurturing and journeying with young children as they share their lives through their art. Charlene aspires to make a difference and enrich children through different art forms.