We welcomed December by spending a productive morning in nature at Jurong Lake Gardens! The weather was perfect for a day outdoors; though it was slightly overcast, we were grateful for the cool temperature! For our second run of Nature Explorers (see our first run here), we dedicated more time to both free and structured play. As a result, our explorers could learn enjoyably as they engage meaningfully in the day’s activities! Our trainers could be involved in play too alongside our explorers!
Can you be a tree, a cobra or a frog? Of course, you can! Our explorers created shapes with their bodies to mimic creatures and elements of the wild. Our trainers entwined tales about nature into the activity as they stretched their muscles and minds. You should join us next time, too!
Now it’s time for some exhilarating free play! Our explorers were excited for a fun-filled adventure at Forest Ramble! It was a great opportunity for them to be brave and cultivate self-esteem. Remember that quote ‘Fall 7 times, stand up 8’? Nothing is ever truer! They climbed, they ran and their faces were brimming with glee! Our explorers explored different ways to have fun and it was a delightful sight to behold.
Next, it was on to some simple engineering and problem-solving. Our explorers loved it! Build-A-Fort was a hit as these curious individuals found ways to use limited materials such as pegs, yarn and fabric to put together a decent fort! This activity hones planning and collaborative skills – attributes that are essential in nurturing a 21st-century child!
This is our signature activity and it’s aimed at allowing children to connect with the world around them! Again, 85 Flowers gifted us with very lovely ferns, baby breaths and eucalyptus leaves to complement the Mandala. Together with the greens, our explorers used sago seeds, seashells and wooden pieces to create a pattern unique to them. As the name suggests, our explorers had to be silent and present at the moment to foster concentration and focus. They collaborated and respected each other’s craft while putting together a Mandala sourced with nature elements. Way to go, explorers!
Also new to Nature Explorers is Pebble Play! Explorers participated in a relaxing tactile experience and created balanced stone sculptures. Besides mindfulness, this activity fosters imagination and develops good visual judgment! Our explorers learnt to source for suitable rocks and stones and dealt with disappointments in the process of stacking the highest structure.
Lunching with Eco-sentials
WEEAT provided us with the needed nourishment after an entire morning of nonstop energy bursts!
See you in 2020!
Our explorers and trainers had a wonderful time learning outdoors! We would like to thank our sponsors: 85 Flowers, WEEAT, OhMyMats and the Singapore Sustainable Gallery (SSG) for all the goodies! You’ve all made everyone very happy.
Our explorers received a Kidz Treehouse BusyKidz Bag filled with a nature-inspired activity that encourages family bonding time. Interested to know more? Follow us on Instagram and Twitter and you’ll find out soon enough!
Also in the bundle of freebies, WEEAT reminds all families to live sustainably with reusable cutleries! Want your children to develop excellent gross motor skills? Use OhMyMats’ reusable colouring mats for the necessary practice! Finally, the books from SSG allow families to follow Cody, the protagonist on his eco-adventures!
Thank you for supporting Nature Explorers 2019! We’ll see you in 2020!