Playing the “parachute game” where everyone has to keep flapping the fabric to prevent the ball from entering the hole in the centre.

Guided by the principle that it is important for children to cultivate a love for and show appreciation to the elderly, the Marist-run Catholic Kindergarten organised a mission trip to the Miriam Home in Kluang, Malaysia.

Thirty-three K2 kids, accompanied by 40 parents, five teachers, principal Edna Ng, and Marist Brother Elmer E. Jandic, spent Sept 3-4 interacting with the elderly residents.

The children chatted with the residents, listened to their stories and served them food.

Modern and Chinese folk dances, and games such as “ring and cone” were also part of the entertainment they brought for the residents.

The highlight of the visit was the “parachute game” where the children teamed up with the elderly residents. They held the edges of a huge piece of colourful nylon fabric, which had a hole in the centre. They had to keep bouncing the fabric to prevent a ball from entering the hole.

There were squeals of delight and excitement as both young and old worked together to keep the ball bouncing.

A kid learning about caring for the elderly at meal time.

At the end of the visit, the kids and their parents were visibly moved by the appreciation shown by the elderly residents.

One student, David Low, said he enjoyed his visit so much and was amused by one resident who put the coloured rings through her arm during the “ring and cone” game.

Another student, Issac Lee, said he loved playing games with the residents and added that he would “like to go back and visit them again”.

This is the fourth such visit which has been organised to cultivate a love for the elderly and provide the young ones an opportunity to bond with their parents, friends and teachers.

The visits first started in 2012 when a staff of the kindergarten, who knew a Canossian nun at the home, suggested that such a trip would be beneficial not only for the elderly residents but also for the children. The home is run by the Canossian Sisters.