The Nursery Blog- Map Making with Toddlers
In Butterflies room, the children are getting creative by making their own maps. A member of staff prints off various maps and gives the children a choice. Each child chooses the map they want, a member of staff then sticks the map to a piece of card. One by one the children sit at the table and carried out the activity. First to the table was Oliver, who seemed very excited to do some sticking. To start, the children were provided with colouring pencils so they could make marks on their maps. Oliver held the crayon with a full hand grasp and scraped it across the paper. Sebastian was up next, after colouring in his map, he begun sticking decorations on to it. We provided the children with pictures of houses, transports, animals, nature etc, which they could stick on their picture. Sebastian held the pictures between his two fingers and showed excellent control when putting each picture on the paper. Ivy used two crayons at the same time whilst colouring, she kept looking back and forth at each hand to make sure they were making marks on the paper. Vinnie said “blue” and “green” when observing a member of staff repeat the colour names.
What are the children gaining from this activity?
In this activity we are discussing each picture and encouraging the children to speak about them. So for example we are repeating the animal names, Sebastian says “Duck”, just by observing a member of staff speak about the animals he is beginning to recognise them himself. Communication and Language Development is being supported during this activity. Next, the children are holding the papers between their fingers and sticking them on to the map. Encouraging the children to do this is supporting their fine motor skills and encouraging them to hold a crayon with a full hand grasp is supporting their gross motor skills, both of these things extend their Physical Development. The children pass the crayons to each other which is showing good sharing and supports their Personal, Social, Emotional Development.
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