By Afiqah Rafael
Kinderjoy Education Group organised a mini zoo on the grounds of the kindergarten’s main campus along Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh on Sunday, August 4. The idea was to allow children to be up close and personal with animals, something they do not often do.
The makeshift zoo attracted approximately 1500 visitors. Over 50 animal species were on display. They were spread around the campus within their respective stations.
Petting and feeding areas were established to enable children and parents to get a closer look at the animals. Handlers were on hand to explain and ensure safety. The pony ride was the highlight of the half-day event.
Kinderjoy’s executive director, Stephanie Liu said, “Education in the 21st century has to be dynamic and engaging. Therefore, this event is aimed at creating an inclusive learning environment for the children. By placing them in a real-life situation makes it easier for the children to understand and learn effectively, as certain things are difficult to grasp theoretically.”
Furthermore, outdoor learning provides resources for children to experiment with their own ideas and creations. “It nurtures children’s creativity and imagination, helping them to develop knowledge on a wider spectrum, thus exposing the children to new opportunities.”
The event was also aimed at fostering and strengthening the bond between parents and children, as parents’ involvement forms an integral part of every child’s development.
“The mini zoo serves as an educational family outing filled with fun, joy and meaningful activities for families to spend quality time together,” explained Looi Ying, director of Kinderjoy.