Outdoor play is so beneficial for kids (big and small). Through playing outside, younger children learn and become more aware of their surroundings. It helps them develop useful motor skills and stay active while also having fun. It’s important that the school you choose for your child takes this into consideration. We look at these Singapore preschools with outdoor playgrounds for kids and toddlers, and daily outdoor activities, and we hear what the parents think of them too.
Outdoor Play at White Lodge International Preschool & Childcare
White Lodge believes that outdoor play is an important component of its preschool programme, which aims to nurture children’s physical, cognitive, gross motor, self-help, communication and language development, as well as socialisation.
They’ve created a nurturing environment where children are able to find an abundance of opportunities for movement, exploration and self-discovery. Each day, all classes incorporate various indoor and outdoor play or a visit to the indoor gym. The preschool even holds regular Sporty Thursdays where children can explore different sports and outdoor activities.
All White Lodge centres across Singapore are equipped with various facilities like playgrounds, zip-lines, a trampoline, a tunnel slide, climbing frames, a sand pit and water-play toys. Most of the centres also have an indoor gym with a ball pool, trampoline, climbing ropes, swing and other equipment. There are also tricycles, ride-on toy cars and scooters for children to play with in the wide-open spaces available at every centre.
A parent’s thoughts…
“Both Isabella and Sienna love outdoor play at the Phoenix Park campus. The garden is so big and has different levels where they can run and play with their friends. The inclined tube that they can get into and crawl up or down in is a highlight. The trampoline, sand pit, tree house and greenery make it an amazing kindergarten, where the classrooms are surrounded by nature.” – Eva Mateo
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool Outdoor Activities
The environment at Blue House is often referred to as the “third teacher” – spaces at the school are designed with intent and inspiration to encourage encounters, communication and relationships. As the school is nestled deep in nature, there are a multitude of outdoor areas that allow educators to set up different experiences to encourage play and take learning outside.
Children also have access to a wide range of open-ended, natural and recycled materials to support the unhurried development of their skills and knowledge by pursuing ideas, testing theories, problem solving and researching.
There are curated spaces of purposeful design such as courtyards, the community garden with a water fountain, large sandpits and a mud kitchen. And there’s a dedicated outdoor space for the nursery and preschool children, plus access to fields for playing different games, nature and community walks, water play and sensory play.
Blue House students have endless opportunities to learn and play outside – they’re not bound by strict schedules or specific time periods. This flexibility allows educators to acknowledge children’s decisions and intent, without infringing on the day’s programme.
A parent’s thoughts…
“Blue House has an incredible community and beautiful school ground located in a nature area off Turf Club Road and next to a quaint horse stable – drop-offs are always exciting as different animals can be spotted as the children make their way into class! The mix of indoor and outdoor spaces is unmatched and no day is ever the same for our curious children.” – Courtney Arcese
Outdoor play activities at Mosaic Preschool
Play and experiential learning are rooted in the core of the Mosaic Preschool curriculum. The school believes that outdoor play is a crucial part of a child’s healthy development – it strengthens learning, improves wellbeing and 21st-century skills, gives them the opportunity to explore the natural environment, soak in the morning sun and fresh air, contribute to gross motor development and have tons of adventures too!
Children are given the opportunity to play outdoors daily for up to two hours throughout the day. Teachers plan various activities each day for children to learn as they play outdoors. These could include bubble play exploration, chalk drawing, water play at the water play zone, outdoor painting and craft activities, obstacles courses, messy exploration, or even a picnic!
Mosaic Preschool also runs 17 different enrichments and Montessori programmes as co-curriculum offerings to deepen the children’s learning and exposure. The school has acquired a new space beside the current building to construct an outdoor playground so that students have double the space to explore and have fun. Children will enjoy direct access to the outdoor space, which includes a cycling track, water play zone and sand play area.
A parent’s thoughts…
“We thoroughly enjoyed the different exposures that Mosaic Preschool has planned for the children. The school has direct access to the outdoor area where the children get fresh air and sun. The different outdoor experiences such as water and sand play, cycling and even outdoor races and painting activities on a daily basis definitely look fun for the children.” – Margaret Mason
896 Dunearn Road, #05-01
6909 0470 | mosaicpreschool.sg
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