(Goblin is 4 years old)
I recently read that children learn 95% of things through direct experience. Now the quote wasn't sourced so I don't know if its true, but I liked it anyway. It appealed to me because I like hands on learning. It's one of the reasons we like taking Goblin to visit things. One of our most successful trips recently was to the London Aquarium.
Warning: The London Aquarium is EXPENSIVE!
Goblin and I have watched episodes of David Attenborough's 'Blue Planet. In one episode a whale dies and some sharks eat the carcass. In the giant tank at the aquarium there is a giant whale skeleton (I'm not sure if its real or a model). Goblin saw the skeleton and turned to me saying "when we get home can we watch that programme where the sharks eat the whale again?", I was so excited that he'd made the connection.
"Where is its mouth?"
"How is it moving?"
"Can it see?"
"Where are its eyes?"
"Does it have ears?"
A lot of the other children around were older school kids and none of them were taking advantage of this opportunity to find out more about what they were seeing. It made me wonder whether they would have asked when they were younger but somehow lost their curiosity, or whether it was never there to begin with? Maybe they were embarrassed to ask in front of their class mates.
Since our first trip there last month Goblin has asked to return several times. I'm thinking we may need some kind of season ticket so it doesn't bankrupt me.
I just went with my wee man recently and we only just survived the London Sea Aquarium. I agree very cool but not sure how much it works as a learning environment. very over priced, no way to take a break and relax and enjoy it have to keep on moving and can't comfortably stay in a place for long enough. My wee man loved touching the star fish but unfortunately a bit young to understand why he could only do it once! Maybe for older kids it works better. Not going back in a hurry anyway.ReplyDelete
Sabrina I think you are right, I should have said that in my post. Goblin is 4 and that seems to be about the perfect age. We have taken him before and he was a bit young to appreciate it, and you are right, the design means there is no where to stop and take a break.Delete
Goblin certainly learnt a lot and came away asking some great questions, and I did find the Aquarium staff very informative and willing to answer questions. So I think it maybe depends on the age and temperament of the child.
It looks like you and the Goblin had a great time - your pictures are great! I'd love to take my kids there but I've always been put off because of the fact you can't get a handstamp or something and get out for a break. But a shark tank three stories high...perhaps I should reconsider!ReplyDelete
It looks and sounds brilliant! Love the first photo! xReplyDelete
Wow, that looks great. I think my three would love it! I love Goblins questions. xReplyDelete
Those eels look so bizarre, reminds me of the desert scene from Beetlejuice. And as I said on Instagram that the starfish have the wierdest little hands around their mouths! Great to see Goblin enjoying it so much.ReplyDelete