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Hi - for the last week and a bit my class have been enjoying work on the icy weather, we have moved into penguins and igloos etc this week but all day today they have been drawing maps of the south pole and talking about how to get there etc. We got a large map of the world and some blank copies for them to draw on which they have(!!) and I have given then different types of maps to look at. Any ideas where we could go with the map theme next week? Thanks Ems x

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Can you do a map of your setting? Give them a planned route they have to follow to get somewhere or fetch something. Use photos as clues, part of the heads door, a bit of the kitchen, a bench in the playground etc.

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Maybe place utensils used for ice making around the setting, draw a map with directions to get yoghurt pot, then route to tap, fill pot, then route to fridge freezer compartment, then a clock showing 24 hrs, 2 birds with one stone, following a map and making ice, plus a bit of 'time concept' for good measure. :o

 

Peggy

 

p.s. My preschool children loved the activity of making ice, and they would do it weeks after as child initiated, all we did was provide easy access to the resources required.

 

p.p.s. let the children add some paint to the water, put in a lolly stick, then hey presto Ice lollies to paint with. xD

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A walking map is good fun ... children work in pairs (or with adult) give every pair a coat hanger with 4 or 5 bits of string hanging off it. Children go for walk, indoors or outdoors, and collect items as they go (pick up a leaf, then a stone, a blade of grass then finally a stick) then they stick item to the strings in the right order - the order they found them (need lots of sellotape!!) then they give their "map" to another pair who have to follow the route that was taken by the first pair. The first pair get to say whether the second pair are going the right way or not!

 

Also, mapping game by starting off with that party game where you hunt for something "warmer ... cooler ... getting warmer etc" then if you did this in your setting the children could colour code a drawing of your layout showing where something was hidden - after all a map is only something that gives you informtion about the location of something else!

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