Have you ever wondered how to get your child to pick up Mandarin in a joyful and meaningful manner? Learning Mandarin is not just limited to the time they spent in school; be creative and create immersive opportunities for them to learn!
One way is through exposing them to Mandarin in their everyday lives especially when you bring them out to play during this holiday season. A visit to the zoo is a popular destination for most families and our Education Development Specialists have specially developed two holiday activity sheets just for you! Download and use them as a guide to help your child to learn Mandarin in a fun way while honing his/her observation and communication skills as well!
Parent and Child Activity
A great and fun way to spend the holidays with your children is a visit to the zoo! Besides having fun, parents can take the opportunity to turn the visit into a learning experience! Parents can discuss about the different types of animals, their features and habitats while inspiring their children to develop a love for animals and nature.
Before going to the zoo, discuss these with your child:
- What do we need to prepare for a visit to the zoo?
- What animals do you want to see?
- What do we need to take note of at the zoo? For example, how should we interact with the animals, what are the safety issues to take note of.
- Optional : You can also do some research on the animals online before the visit.
- Go through the checklist with your child and discuss if there are any other items to add to the list. Encourage your child to pack his/her own backpack according to the packing list.
- Encourage your child to draw the animal he/she wishes to see most.
During your visit to the zoo:
- Discuss the differences between two animals with your child. Write down or draw the differences.
- Ask a variety of questions or provide clues and guide your child in making meaningful observations. Encourage him/her to think about the features, movements, food and habitats of the animals.
- Follow up with more questions: why do different animals live in different environments? E.g. Why can penguins and polar bears live in extremely cold regions.
- While interacting with your child, introduce relevant facts of the animals.
After the visit:
- Encourage your child to talk about some of animals that he/she has seen at the zoo such as what are the characteristics of the animals etc.
- Go through the activity sheet and let your child choose two animals to discuss the differences between them.