Field trip to Zen Garden – Pre-Nursery

Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as for social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. The learners of Pre-Nursery visited “Zen Garden” and a restaurant “The Masala Melaa” in Dahisar West for a field trip along with the facilitators and support staff. The learners were first taken to the garden. At the garden, there were different types of slides, swings, see-saw, merry-go-rounds, etc. for learners to play freely, thus building their fine and gross motor skills (which strengthens one’s muscles and helps to maintain balance and movement). Learners freely explored the sand area by demonstrating their art work in the forms of patterns, shapes, and letters. Being exposed to a vast play area with bright colours, our learners enjoyed this place to bits with laughter and joy. The learners were then taken to the restaurant where they performed a ‘no gas cooking’ activity.

A field trip to the restaurant can awaken the desire in a child to try a variety of foods or spark a new interest or build a passion for cooking. Learning cooking is not only a fun and engaging activity but it also enhances language skills like active listening and building vocabulary. It inspires children to think curiously, critically and provides a platform to display their creativity. A cooking activity leads to social – emotional development, cognitive development and physical development. Learners made vegetable sandwiches on their own and it was customised as per their choice. Chopping, squeezing, spreading and mixing are cooking skills that help develop a child’s small muscle control and eye-hand coordination. The learners were taught a step-by–step process of making a simple vegetable sandwich. The restaurant was filled with laughter and joy as the learners were so pleased and excited to show off their “masterpieces”. They relished the sandwiches made by them. Thereafter, they had some freshly prepared dosas made by the chefs which were crispy and they enjoyed the taste and smell of it. The learners observed the things at the restaurant and made connections to the shapes and colours known to them. This field trip was a wonderful experience where the learners could link the classroom learning with the world outside and in doing so they grasped many concepts and opened their minds to more inquiries. Our learners truly exhibited the Edu-Creative attributes such as collaboration, persistence, curious, expressive and confidence throughout the day. The day was indeed a productive hands-on learning experience for all our learners.