We’re Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo!

Posted on 10 November 2010 | Activities, Blossom Creative, Centre News, Excursions
"Welcome to the enthralling world of primates, children!"

"Welcome to the enthralling world of primates, children!"

It was a bright sunny morning as everyone looked forward to learning something new about animals at the Singapore Zoo!  The zoo is the best place to bring the children this term as our Thematic Learning theme was on “The Animal Kingdom”. A lively and interactive place, the children will have an opportunity to discover new facts and experience how animals live and interact with one another in their habitats.

"Check out how magnificent he looks!"

"Check out how magnificent he looks!"

The day started with the K1 and K2 children having a meet and greet session with the charmingly clever primates. Here, they learnt to differentiate the various species of monkeys and identified the special characteristics of some of the monkeys .

The highlight of the  day was when the children went to the Hamadryas Baboon enclosure, where they got up close and personal with the playful creatures. The children and teachers were amused when some curious baboons came really close to the glass screen and were only too happy to pose for pictures!

That wasn’t the end of the fun adventure for the kids as the zoo keeper then led the group down to an open area to feed the baboons! He taught the children how to throw the fruits far out into the enclosure and very soon, as the saying “Monkey see, monkey do”, goes,  our children followed his actions pretty well! The baboons had as much fun competing with one another to get the food, as the children had, feeding them.

Look at the gigantic polar bear's foot!

Look at the gigantic polar bear's foot!

"Now, let's look at the different kinds of skin coverings for sea creatures."

"Now, let's look at the different kinds of skin coverings for sea creatures."

On the other side of the zoo trail, the PG, N1 and N2 children  tottering off to learn more about friendly sea creatures. During a close-up session,  they took a closer  look at the special body functions of creatures that enable them to live under the sea.  The zoo keeper even brought out a life-sized specimen of a polar bear foot. The sheer size of it drew loud gasps of amazement from the children all around! Indeed, the children were intrigued and amazed by the impressive size of a bear’s foot!

Next up, magnificent sea creatures entertained the children for a ‘Splash Safari’ show!  The  children loved every minute of it as they sat mesmerized by the charismatic and talented animals! It was an experience of a lifetime for all of us, young and old. After all, we don’t get to feed a monkey everyday, do we? The children were disappointed to have to bid farewell to the animals and our friendly zoo keepers. But we all know that this will not be the last visit to the zoo as before you know it, we’ll all be headed right back to learn new facts on these precious and fascinating creatures again!