Date
19 August 2017
Deborah English Kindergarten from Tseung Kwan O won Hong Kong's first general knowledge contest for tiny tots. Photo: evi.com.hk
Deborah English Kindergarten from Tseung Kwan O won Hong Kong's first general knowledge contest for tiny tots. Photo: evi.com.hk

GK contest overwhelms some kindergarteners

It was a test that proved too much for some kindergarteners in Hong Kong.

Bundled on to a stage and forced to answer questions ranging from physics to the World Cup, a few tiny tots burst into tears in a competition Sunday aimed at gauging the kids’ general knowledge.

In which season does lightning occur the most? Glass and diamond — which one is harder? These were some of the questions that were put up in the city’s first general knowledge competition for kindergarten students.

The competition, which was organized by a firm that aims to foster better learning experience for kids and teachers, drew the interest of more than 200 kindergartens in Hong Kong. After an elimination process, 16 kindergartens were finally chosen to join the contest, according to Sky Post.

Each school sent three representatives from K1, K2 and K3, who competed with children of the same grade from other schools. Questions in preliminary rounds were easier, with kids asked to mimic the sound of a cat, among other things.

But the quarter-final and semi-final rounds proved much harder. Some kids were smart enough to know that the blue whale is the largest animal in the world, and that it was her father’s position that Hua Mulan, a legendary female figure from ancient China, took over in the army.

There were also creative answers. When asked what will happen when cold air meets hot air, a child said: it will burn!

Meanwhile, some kids suddenly burst into tears on the stage as the questions were too difficult. And, some got into verbal spats with kids from other schools.

Rosa Chow, chairwoman of the Early Childhood Educators Association, admitted that some questions such as the one on the lightning season may have been too difficult for kindergarten kids, as they were not covered in their education materials and are not closely related to their everyday life.

She said it is important to let young kids experience more in their everyday life, doing small experiments and developing their awareness.

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