Building business skills

By Esther Lauaki

Wyndham Park Primary School pupils meant business at the school’s recent market day.

The market day was the culmination of a 10 week Kidpreneur Challenge which aimed to teach pupils in grades 4-6 how to think, act and create like entrepreneurs.

The Smith Family and Entropolis partnered to help the school deliver the program, during which pupils built their own micro-business – developing a product or a service, creating a full business plan and sales pitch, and then going to market to their peers and the community.

Grade 5 pupil Latisha and her group made ‘slime’.

“We sold two products: normal slime, and slime with glitter,” she said.

“Our group decided to create slime to help other students, who may be feeling angry or stressed. If they feel anxious, they can squish the slime and maybe feel a bit better.

“I really enjoyed the teamwork part of Kidpreneur … It was really fun to make stuff with my friends.”

Dragana, in grade 6, said her team learned a lot about market research and delegating work among the group.

“Our team made special anklets and scrunchies,” Dragana said.

“I loved the creativity of designing the products … working with the others in my team to make different sizes and shapes.”