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Neighborhood provides children hands-on experience with nature

By Li Menghan | China Daily | Updated: 2024-04-23 09:08
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Children at Xianghu Kindergarten get hands-on experience at the neighborhood farm in Xianghu Community, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. CHINA DAILY

At a community farm located 100 meters from a kindergarten in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, nine distinctive paths decorated with different materials — such as volcanic rock, granite and cobblestones — have taken shape.

"This is the children's solution to the dirty and muddy ground, and each class is responsible for improving one path," said Xu Wei, head of the Xianghu Kindergarten in Xiaoshan district's Xianghu Community.

"One kid told me that grasping a handful of cobblestones and putting them in the fresh cement is both interesting and fulfilling."

With funding and support from the education bureau and the community, the kindergarten is committed to offering high-quality education to children. Located a short walk from the children's homes, the 2,500-square-meter farm is devoted to nature education, igniting children's curiosity and guiding them to discover the answers to their questions through exploration and hands-on participation.

"Teachers at our kindergarten pay special attention to children's creativity and independent thinking, blending their ideas and efforts in the building of the farm," Xu said.

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