Now you can download a free resource kit to encourage your preschooler to pick up new skills while exploring the great outdoors.
Using the activity cards provided in the kit, you can guide your child into creating her own hanging mobiles using leaves of different sizes and patterns.
You can also teach your child how to identify garden spices, with one of the guides provided.
Called Creative Conversations: The Scent Of Spices (Parents’ Edition), the kit also includes a map pinpointing locations, such as the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Marina Barrage and Geylang Serai, as places that you can take your child to for these activities.
ECDA said the activities in the kit are intended to encourage the development of a wide range of skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving.
A separate booklet within the kit also lists books that parents can borrow from the library to supplement their outdoor learning adventures.
More than 3,800 kits will be distributed to preschools, said ECDA. Parents can also download the kit online at go.gov.sg/thescentofspices.
Among those who tried out the kit at the launch event yesterday (July 13) was six-year-old Aarya Ganessaraj, a Kindergarten 2 pupil.
With encouragement from her mother Shamala Ganessaraj, 40, Aarya was able to identify spices such as cumin seeds and cardamom pods.
Mrs Shamala, an editor, said that the kit is a good starting point for parents who want to teach their children new skills but do not know how or where to start.
ECDA said an extended version of the kit – to cover outdoor learning opportunities in community spaces such as void decks, wet markets and hawker centres – will be rolled out in December.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.
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