Playing outdoors is an essential part of a child’s life. It promotes opportunities for creativity, imagination, socialization, and learned behaviours. Research shows that outdoor play is beneficial for motor development, cardiovascular endurance, vision, cognition, vitamin D levels and mental health.
The children of Blossom Discovery Centre went to visit Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at Singapore Botanic Gardens on 19 Mar 2014. The Garden is a natural playscape that offers sensory stimulation and physical diversity which is critical for childhood experiences outdoors. Natural play-scapes require the use of all senses – sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. It is this diversity of sensory experiences that initiates a more creative learning environment for children.
The children were in awe and their imaginations were running wild as they entered the garden. They were like adventurers exploring a jungle for the very first time. They went through a maze, walked through the woods, went over a hill, crossed a hanging bridge, climbed trees and dug sand. After a long day of fun and laughter, we ended our journey with a picnic at the Eco Garden. The children enjoyed their hearty meals with a beautiful view of the lush greenery around and watching the swans by the lake.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Gardens is truly a nature lover’s paradise which nurtures children’s appreciation for nature and the environment through play and exploration. It was a magical experience the children will never forget.