Taking part in fun and enriching global virtual programmes can be a great after-school activity. It will give them access to the rest of the outside world as we continue to countdown to the days when travel can oﬃcially resume
These virtual programmes from Singapore will have kids gazing at world-class art, learning about nature and plants, and even discovering wildlife from the deepest parts of the sea. No matter their interests, be it history, art or science, you’ll be able to take a “trip” to match. Check out what educational adventures you can go on within Singapore for your little, big explorer between 1 to 10 years of age.
GO WILD WITH NATURE
Get crafty and explore the wonders of nature
Try a hand at these crafts and learn about the different plant species at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Introducing their #StayHomewithGB initiative, they offer craft activities and e-books for children of all ages to learn about the different species of plants. If your child has any questions about nature and plants, a “Plant Doctor” or a team of horticulturalists will have an answer ready for them.
EXPLORE THE ARTS AND CULTURE
Experience the fun of storytelling through arts and crafts and live performances
Nothing can beat the imagination of a young child, so what better way to get their mind gears turning than with great storytelling! The masters of storytelling, Disney, have arrived at Gardens By The Bay with several gardening-themed Disney-inspired crafts for you and your child to try out. Kids of all ages can make amazing crafts like a DIY Mulan Comb to Lilo & Stitch’s Paper Leis while reading or watching their favourite Disney movies, and it would be a great chance to squeeze in some family bonding time too.
There are many advantages in learning the art of storytelling through performing arts. It can help a child’s socio-emotional development and enhance their interpersonal skills, such as understanding different situations, human motivation, feelings and empathy by being in “someone else’s shoes”, understanding the other characters and their roles. To get your children exposed to performance arts, Gateway Ar ts Kids Club , a weekly kids art club in Singapore that offers programmes that involve storytelling, arts and craft, and free play activities, has now moved online. Children, from the age of three (3) to seven (7) can access the online storytelling series by Gateway Arts Kids Club and watch live stage performances and stories about friendship and courage through music, song, and dance online.
Website: https://ar ts.gateway.sg/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gatewayar ts_sg/
Cultivate the love for visual art and architecture
Visual arts is known to beneﬁt kids at a young age as it can widen and stimulate spatial reasoning and spatial awareness. To expose your kids to the beneﬁts of visual arts and cultivate their love of art and architecture, head on over to the National Gallery Singapore website and check out Galler y Kids!, which consists of free home-based art activities and resources. Activities like interactive games, art-inspired storytelling video sessions and art tutorials can be viewed online or downloaded for children of ages three (3) to ten (10) to get creative while getting inspired by various artworks from the Gallery’s collection and special exhibitions. With an array of activities ranging from sketching portraits using simple lines to designing buildings using architectural features found in the Gallery, these hands-on experiences continue to engage and cultivate children’s interest in art while they are stuck at home.
Website: https://www.nationalgaller y.sg/
Take a virtual trip to learn all about Singapore’s rich heritage and culture
As an initiative to ensure that Singapore’s history and culture can still be accessible from our homes, the National Museum of Singapore is currently offering #MuseumFromHome: Get Curious!. Families with children from pre-school to primary, ages one (1) to ten (10), can learn all about Singapore’s rich heritage by engaging with online learning resources programmes like music, movement and craft activities.
Have a taste of Singapore’s history with the video recipe series of edible treats inspired by selected artefacts from the museum, for example, whip up a Cookies and Cream Puff that was inspired by the Singapore Stone. You could also immerse yourselves in a 360-degree vir tual museum tour of the Old New World Exhibition and explore the founding of Singapore in 1819 through the lens of the Virtual Reality (VR) mode. Use this opportunity to learn more about Singapore from the comfort of our homes, so when the borders open, we will all be ready to travel to Singapore and see the bits of history etched to the Garden City!
DISCOVER THE UNDERWATER LIFE
Virtual deep-sea exploration with marine animals
Take your child on an underwater adventure with the S.E.A. Aquarium at the Resorts World Sentosa! Try your hand at these brain teasers and DIY projects at S.E.A. Aquarium Fun Academy for children from pre-school to primary within the ages of eight (8) and below, all available to be downloaded online. Kids can learn all about marine animals and ocean conservation through S.E.A. Aquarium-themed connect-the-dots, crossword puzzles and word searches, all featuring various educational fun facts about marine life. You can even download the activity sheet and let your kids make their own homemade crafts of the animals at the S.E.A. Aquarium!
Website: https://www.r wsentosa.com/en/attractions/sea-aquarium/explore
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/r wsentosa/
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