Maps with Loose Parts

The emergent curriculum is integral to our program planning. A couple young learners had been excited about drawing maps. They added detail such as lakes and houses. They enjoyed explaining their intricate maps, it’s purpose, and how others can use their maps. We asked them if they would like to continue their learning and work on maps in a 3D model.

They were very excited to use miniature houses (bird houses from the Dollar Store) and small wood cookies (with letters written on them) as paths to follow. We added in some other loose parts like rocks, artificial plants, wooden peg people, and gems. We cut some fabric for lakes and displayed a printed map of our area for reference and research opportunities. We offered a clipboard with blank paper and 1″ grid paper. We’ve enjoyed observing, listening, and documenting the open-ended happenings of this provocation as they unfold.


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