Excursions are always the highlight of the school holidays! Whether it is a field trip to the zoo, the museum or just a nature walk, children learn more about the world, gain invaluable knowledge and have the opportunity to interact with others when they leave the sheltered environment of their classrooms. Whatever the purpose, excursions allow children to literally delve deeply into whatever they are learning and experience the sights, sounds and tactile experiences of the holiday theme!
This March holiday Blossom Creative Centre decided to have ‘Creepy Crawlies’ as our holiday theme. To enhance children’s knowledge on the theme, we packed our bags, rode a bus and off we went to the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom at Sentosa Island. At the indoor exhibit, children had the opportunity to learn more about the characteristics of different species of insects, butterflies and bugs through a guide. They also had hands-on interactions with various types of beetles, insects and butterflies. Imagine the children’s excitement as they learned about the natural world through touch, sight and sound! The children quickly discovered that insects come in many different types and sizes, shapes and colours. The guide also helped children who may be afraid of insects by educating them about the ones that are dangerous and those that are harmless.
At the outdoor garden, we learnt how butterflies are being taken care of by the keepers and the different food they might feed on. We discovered that, surprisingly, butterflies love to feed on bananas! Not only were we treated to a colourful myraid of butterflies, we had a close encounter with some species of tropical birds too! Brave children and teachers had a go at feeding the birds by placing a nut in their mouths for the birds to peck on! Everyone cheered and clapped as we watched on in awe at their bravery. If one is lucky, the outdoor garden is also the place to witness butterflies emerging from their chrysalides!
After the garden tour, everyone was treated to a slice of pizza and chocolate drink for lunch to regain the energy lost on the learning trip. With adorable little insect erasers as souvenirs to take home, the children went back to school with huge smiles plastered on their faces and so much knowledge in their heads about bugs, insects, butterflies and birds! Along with gaining more information about these little critters, we were also taught to respect their habitats. Through this fun and unforgettable learning experience, both teachers and children’s knowledge expanded beyond the classrooms and our hearts and minds opened about these small wonders across the globe!