This Saturday (Nov 18), head to Sanlitun for a day of play… and learning for kids ages 4 to 10.
Our friends Live With Less partner with Retoy, a Swedish organization that works with kids to educate and raise their awareness about climate change and other social issues, for Retoy Toy Swap + Retoy Lab. According to Live With Less, the swap activity integrates learning with acting sustainably in the every day practicing of their rights as children. In the lab environment, toys can be adopted and even created from old broken ones.
How will it work?
1. Prepare 1-4 toys your kids no longer play with. Toys should be clean and intact.
2. Arrive: Kids check in their toys and receive a stamp in their Retoy passport for each toy
3. Play: Children play with all the collected toys to find new favorites
4. Swap: When finished playing, children can check out their new found toys to take home, one toy for each in their passport
In Retoy Lab, children can create and adopt toys. They can also join in coloring activities or watch a short film by Retoy. Additional toys for donation welcomed and even broken toys can find a new use in the Retoy Lab. Surplus toys will be donated to local charities.
Make the most out of the day as there will also be an English discussion about the topic, “playing our way to a better world (玩出美好新世界).” Soledad Piñero Misa, CEO and founder of Retoy, will contribute her experience of founding a social enterprise. She will also tell her personal story about the beginnings of this project, which will be followed by a discussion with local industry voices.
Both events are sponsored by the Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Institute. The Retoy Toy Swap is supported by Beijing based education company Pursuit Education.
The Retoy Toy Swap + Retoy Lab and Playing for a Better World, Nov 18
Kids 4-10 and parents. Free. The toy swap and lab runs from 10am to 1pm, while the discussion begins afterwards at 4pm. Crossboundaries, the space up the red brick steps just above Home Plate Sanlitun. Scan QR code to register and to know more details.
Photos: Courtesy of Crossboundaries and Live With Less