Help! Lend Me an Idea!

May 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM Leave a comment

The school year is almost over but for many educators there is no summer break. I find that I get a little antsy at this time of year when some of my educator friends are planning a work-free summer and I am faced with planning another season of activities. Sometimes I need a little inspiration for fun things to do with kids.

One activity we’ve been doing at Boston Children’s Museum this month in the Art Studio is “Map Making”. Children can make a map of anything they’re familiar with: the playground, their school, their bedroom ….the possibilities are endless! Maps can be drawn with pencils, crayons, and markers or collaged with bits from magazines or made with toothpicks glued to paper (reminiscent of Polynesian stick charts).

Here are some books to go with a mapping activity:
• My Map Book, by Sara Fanelli
• Follow That Map, by Scot Ritchie
• Me On The Map, by Joan Sweeney and Annette Cable

If you get creative blocks like I do, these blogs help me recharge and find inspiration. Hope they help you too!

http://progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com/

http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/

http://www.childcentralstation.com/

http://www.classic-play.com/issues/

Do you have favorite resources that get you out of your creative ruts? Let us know what they are!

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