Field trips are considered one of the best methods in experiential learning especially for children in broadening their educational horizon.

A child thrives in an enriched environment. At Kinderland, we take pride in our purposeful environment and choice of activities both in and out of our physical centres. One of the best ways we enrich our children’s preschool journey is by organizing purposeful field trips and excursions.

Here are four benefits that a child can gain from field trips:

1. New Skills Unlocked

Activities that involve hands-on engagement help children to pick up new skills and develop important existing skills. Whether it sparks their artistic side or cultivates their hand-eye coordination, the new experience will be a core memory for them.

Kinderland Preschool @ Maisson Ara Damansara organized a half-day trip to Jadi Batek, a batik handicraft centre that also provides batik art classes. Batik painting is a Malaysian traditional artform using wax and dye colour which requires persistence and an imaginative mindset. The children experienced an educational and interactive session learning about batik art and even got the opportunity to paint their own batik handkerchiefs. A plus point from this trip was the sweet bonding time between parents and children as they worked on their batik together.

Children and parents from Kinderland Preschool @ Maisson Ara Damansara observed how batik is made and participated in painting the pre-set batik and brought their masterpiece home.

2. Immerse in Discovery

Field trips can also be an experiential learning experience. Nothing compares to hands-on experiences during an activity as children retain knowledge and information better when they can experience it for themselves. Especially when it is an interesting subject that resonates with a child.

This was the goal of the field trip to IOI City Farm organized by Kinderland Preschool @ Brickfields. 60 children aged three to six years old explored three different nature-esque themed zones: underwater world, plant species and ecosystem zone.

The children gained hands-on experience with marine life, plants, and exotic animals, fostering an appreciation for biodiversity and environmental conservation whilst learning to make well-balanced meals for the animals.

Immersing themselves in nature and biodiversity ecosystem, the children of Kinderland Preschool @ Brickfields experienced a different yet interactive style of learning. They even prepared delicious yet healthy snacks for the Common Marmoset.

3. Encourage Rest & Relaxation

Some activities even taught our children to be focused and patient. Through the activities, there were moments where the child feels a sense of calm and serenity. Being fully engaged with the activity, especially with soothing qualities, allowed the child to recuperate and relax. Quiet activities are also beneficial for introverted children and encourage the child to explore their imagination and thoughts whilst being focused.
Pottery is one activity that promotes fine motor skills and develops concentration in a child. Children of Kinderland Preschool @ USJ immersed themselves in learning about clay making and painting at Life Ceramics Pottery Workshop. 80 children participated in shaping the clay using wheel-throwing method and painting on clay coasters.

Children from Kinderland Preschool @ USJ immensely the pottery workshop. A relaxed activity like this is valuable for children to regroup and explore their creative imagination.

4. Foster Curiosity

Children are naturally curious learners, thus, exposing them to the world beyond will expand their learning development and foster their sense of adventure and mystery.

The children of Kinderland Preschool @ Seremban 2 were able to “explore” outer space when they visited the Planetarium.

Kinderland Preschool @ Seremban 2 treated the children to a visit to Planetarium Negara where they went through many space exhibits. Learning about space at an early age will build children’s interests in science and technology and open their minds to STEM* subjects.

A total of 36 children and four teachers experienced the beauty and wonders of our space galaxy. They learned about the solar system, the roles of the people in the space industry, the machines and technologies relating to space exploration.

Overall, the field trips were enjoyable learning experiences for all. Our children were fully engaged in a variety of enriching activities. Here’s to more field trips with Kinderland!

*STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics