The S.E.A Aquarium in Sentosa Singapore, consistently ranked within the Top 10 Aquariums in Asia, was our attraction of choice for our Vesak day public holiday activity. This aquarium is 1home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species, ranging across 49 different habitats. With the wide range of species on offer, one should certainly expect to spend at least a couple of hours captivated by the marine animals as well as enriching oneself with the abundant information provided for learning.
Although this was not my family’s ‘maiden voyage’ to this highly rated Singapore attraction, I wanted this visit to be different from our past visits. Flashback to our preceding visit to this attraction when my children were younger, it was a visit where we perhaps strolled through rather than toured the place. My children were excited initially, but their excitement could not be sustained; understandably so given their age. As such, it was not before long that they started walking from one exhibit to another; going through the motions. I tried reading and sharing the information provided at each sea species or habitant informational panel with them, but these information did not seem to have been of interest to them.
This latest visit was therefore not one which I wanted to be another ‘walk, look & see’ kind of visit. I decided to prepare some simple materials to bring along to have fun learning at the same time. Just the night before the visit to the S.E.A Aquarium, I put together these materials listed below. Some of these listed materials may seem familiar as you can probably recall that I had previously share about a homebased activity on learning about Ocean Animals in Chinese with my children.
- Pictures of the sea creatures, pasted on papers and placed in a clear pocket file (Reusing the pictures from the previous activity).
- Marker, for checking off the sea creatures that we have found. (Use water soluble ones so that the clear pocket file can be subsequently reused)
- A ‘To find’ name listing of the sea creatures and pencil or stamp-chop, mainly for my younger child. I decided to use a stamp-chop for my younger child as I concluded that it is easier and more ‘fun’ for her to see a stamp beside the word after each sea creature is sighted.
- Notebook and pencils, for my older child to write down the name of each sea creature that we have spotted and any interesting facts that she found out.
- Chinese name cards from the previous activity.
- Lastly, a folder to put together all these items.
On our way to S.E.A. Aquarium, I told my children that we were going to have a little game, known simply as ‘Find the Fish’ while exploring the S.E.A. Aquarium. Before stepping into the Aquarium, I briefed them on the ‘rules of the game’. As we ventured through the fascinating underwater marine world, we took time to read the information provided and admired the uniqueness of each sea creature. Each time we spotted a sea creature listed on our ‘to find’ list, my older child will excitedly scribble the name of the sea creature in her notebook while my younger child will point out or tick off from the listing of pictures and put a stamp beside the name of the spotted sea creature. Wanting to encourage my older child to ask more questions, I brought her to enquire from the staff the location of some of the sea creatures’ exhibit that we had missed out.
While waiting for our lunch to be served at a nearby eatery, I took out the Chinese name cards for my older child to pick out and arrange in order of the sea creatures that she had noted down. I have to say we all had fun and through the simple game, we created many teachable moments and opportunities! Learning can truly be everywhere and anywhere. All it takes is just a little more effort!
P.S. The title of this sharing is taken off the subject header of my older child’s scribbles in her notebook.
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