I would really like to let my kids spend more time at green, open spaces. Preferably places with no playground structure. Because playgrounds are all similar, aren’t they? Run around the playground, climb up and down… Yes, playgrounds are good. But the playgrounds in my neighbourhood and indoor playgrounds also allow the kids to expend physical energy.
An open space… would allow the kids to have free play… in the outdoors! Kill two birds with one stone! But when I tried to think of green, open spaces near my home, I couldn’t think of any. I really need to explore more. Decided to go to the Botanic Gardens for now.
Admittedly, it wasn’t true free play, since I prepared a painting activity. Start small and slow first 😛 Still, I enjoyed the outing. Though we could occasionally hear loud vehicles, it was very quiet for the most part. As we were sitting in the middle of a huge grass patch, we could see others playing (bubbles, kicking ball, skate scooters, running around) and yet were not bothered by thier noises. With birds chirping and insects calling, it truly felt very idllyic to be reading with my children and watching them paint and play. I do not know whether they felt the same way, but I am sure they will learn to appreciate it more as they get more opportunities to experience.
I actually got the idea for this outing after being inspired by these books. A Tree Is Nice is a Caldecotts winner, and the author gives many reasons for appreciating trees. The ‘Building on Books’ section in the resource book suggests reading Sky Tree, which illustrates how a tree can be so many things as the weather and seasons change. I enjoyed reading these two books at home, and truly, I was able to appreciate them even more while reading with the kids amongst so many trees. Not sure whether I was imagining things, but it seemed like the boys were quieter than usual, perhaps feeling the books while I was reading?
Do let me know if you know of green, open spaces in Singapore!
Behind the scenes:
Within five minutes of reaching the Botanic Gardens, Kor Kor started complaining it was too hot and dragged his feet. But it WASN’T.
While walking across the grass, Kor Kor complained his shoes were getting dirty.
Shortly after we sat down on the mat, Kor Kor complained there were too many insects flying around.
Didi decided he needed to poo. Even though he very rarely does a Number Two when we are outside. So I had to clean him in the middle of nowhere. Very smelly too.
When we reached home, I had to clean three caps, two pairs of shoes, one ball, one ball net, one picnic mat, three paintbrushes and four paint containers.