Fun way to learn

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Nadia, 3, and Sue Lynn Teng from My Language Box Karratha.
Camera IconNadia, 3, and Sue Lynn Teng from My Language Box Karratha. Credit: Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News/Picture: Caitlyn Watts, Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News

A Karratha mother has created an innovation to help young children learn a new language without the need for apps and screens.

Sue Lynn Teng created My Language Box, a craft box that has activities to help children aged two to six learn a new language.

Ms Teng said the boxes were available in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish and each had a different theme, with the first one being all about body parts.

“It’s got about four to five craft activities and extensions. It has all the materials that you need and it has an English instruction manual and translation.

“It’s just a really good bonding opportunity, sitting down and spending time together.”

Ms Teng found there was a lack of educational language resources in Karratha and wanted to create a tool that shifted away from technology and helped parents.

“I was teaching my daughter a new language through craft and I thought there was actually a lot of work put into it,” she said.

“I’m pretty sure there would be lots of people who might also be looking for something similar, especially if you don’t speak another language at home.”

Ms Teng also collaborated with childhood educators and native language speakers to create the boxes.

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