Curious Adventures in the Garden - Start Small Dream Big - A Garden in Every Preschool!
On 28 March 2017, 160 children from Kidz Meadow Childcare @ Jurong West, Kidz Meadow Childcare & Development Centre @ Woodlands, and Kidz Meadow Childcare @ Yishun gathered at Jurong West for a mass terrarium making session. This event was graced by Mr Desmond Lee Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development and Member of Parliament for Jurong GRC who launched the Gardening Starter Kit by completing a terrarium started by 2 children.
This Gardening Starter Kit is put together by the teachers in Kidz Meadow Childcare and Development centres, owned by the Association of Muslims Professionals, in partnership with Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore), and Preschool Market and supported by the LearnSG Seed Fund by Lifelong Learning Council, National Parks and the Early Childhood Development Agency. Consisting of “The Curious Garden” by Peter Brown, “Adventures in the Garden”- an activities booklet accompanying the storybook, an educator’s guide which provides educators with more ideas on how they can incorporate gardening into their daily curriculum, besides these, gardening tools, soil, seeds and decorative stones are also included. This starter kit will be distributed to about 300 preschools as part of their 2017 Start Small Dream Big project with the aim to encourage children to develop a love for nature and show kindness to others by showing them the beauty of nature, e.g. planting a pot of plant for others.
Nature Ambassadors at Kidz Meadow also showcased some of their nature projects like DIY gardening tools, weeds weaving, wildflower craft, and scavenger hunt, etc. Mdm Norliza Amin, Senior Manager for Early Childhood, Kidz Meadow, shared, “Our young inquisitive children are like the seedlings that are waiting to sprout out their leaves and flowers, beautifying the world theylive in. The preschools will be the garden of knowledge for them.” It is indeed exciting to see the beauty that will be blossoming from each of the centre and the kindness that will proliferate through our society through this project.
Update: We will be at ECDA Conference 2017 - 6th and 7th October at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Halls 401 and 402. Join us at The Giving Garden for Nature Craft Activities and more treats! Get a set of Gardening Resource Kit when you sign up for the project at the booth.