We celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8th by involving our children with sea-themed arts and craft as well as inviting Splash Into for a very special marine incursion!
The children learned about the sea and aquatic life by making creative decoration and pieces of artwork. By engaging in this play-based learning activity, not only did they have a lot of fun working together and with our educators but they learned a great deal by arousing their curiosities and asking questions.
The highlight for the children however was when we invited Splash Into for a hand-on marine incursion.
We talked about three steps that children could do to keep the ocean clean and the environment more sustainable. Those three steps are “Recycle, Reuse, Reuse”. We talked about what type of materials can be recycled and reused and how to reuse them.
Moreover, we talked about the types of products, which are made of recycled materials.
Miss Julia from “Splash Into” was in to show us the marine sea animals and their living environment. In addition, Miss Julia brought real star fish, snail, crab, sea urchin for us to have a close look. Besides feeling the really marine lives, we saw the real turtle shell and put the shell on our back so that we would know how it feels like to be a turtle!
The children were very excited to see and touch Star Fish, Urchins and Crabs and ask the qualified marine biologists all their curious questions!
The World Oceans Day experience provided an authentic opportunity for children to see and feel the real marine lives, which helps children to understand the importance of being environmental and socially responsible through their behaviours of handling their rubbish.
By holding the marine creatures, it provides the authentic sensory experiences for children. Furthermore, children are learning the scientific facts about the marine lives they see today. For example, star fish’s legs functions like their eyes and they will pull out their digest system when they are eating.