Hands-on classes at a kindergarten in Xuzhou prove a hit with parents

An undated photo shows children learning cooking skills at the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. /CMG

An undated photo shows children learning cooking skills at the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. /CMG

A range of new learning activities introduced at the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, has sparked a round of lively discussion. The kindergarten’s innovative approach to promoting hands-on experiences has captured the imagination of the public and been enthusiastically received by parents.

Since introducing the concept of gamification to encourage engagement on its curriculum, the kindergarten in Jiangsu Province has been embracing a range of creative activities aimed at immersing children in the beauty of nature and the joy of hands-on learning. From outdoor adventures to stove-side experiments, the children are having fun while they learn.

Children enjoy hand-picked fresh hawthorns at the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. /CMG

Children enjoy hand-picked fresh hawthorns at the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. /CMG

These activities aren’t just about fun, they’re about hands-on learning. Whether it’s making shuttlecocks from chicken feathers or creating plant prints with spring flowers, all the children appear to be fully engaged in the process.

Despite some risks, the school’s principal Zhang Qian emphasized the importance of providing children with unforgettable childhood experiences. Parents also expressed their increasing recognition and trust in the kindergarten, observing positive changes in their children’s behavior outside the classroom, demonstrating an increased willingness to let them experience and learn from life around them.

Children learn to make steamed buns at the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. /CMG

Children learn to make steamed buns at the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. /CMG

In Zhang’s view, “everyday life is a curriculum.” While traditional classrooms have boundaries, education does not, and by being outdoors, the children’s classroom encompasses everything in nature. Therefore, the joy and importance of cooking outdoors should not be underestimated.

At the Xu Hai Road Kindergarten, every day is an adventure filled with laughter, learning, and discovery. Through these hands-on experiential activities, children are not only learning about the world around them but also developing essential life skills in the most enjoyable way possible.