Montessori Monday – DIY Cosmic Nesting Boxes, Map Towers, and “Me on the Map” Activities

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DIY Cosmic Nesting Boxes, Map Towers, and "Me on the Map" Activities
It’s difficult for young children to understand their relationship to the larger world – and to the universe especially. Cosmic nesting cubes, map towers, and “Me on the Map” activities are great ways for them to gain a better understanding.

While these aren’t all specific Montessori activities, they are very Montessori-compatible and would fit in well with a Montessori program or homeschool. Following are some great ideas I found online.

Cosmic Nesting Boxes

DIY Cosmic Nesting Boxes (Photo from Kingdom of the Pink Princesses)

DIY Cosmic Nesting Boxes (Photo from Kingdom of the Pink Princesses)

The DIY cosmic nesting boxes I’ve found are based on the Waseca Cosmic Nesting Boxes. I LOVE these for showing the child’s place in relationship to space.

 Kingdom of the Pink Princesses made inexpensive cosmic nesting boxes from toddler nesting boxes and started with the universe.

Map Towers

I’m differentiating the map towers here as similar to the cosmic nesting boxes except that they typically go from earth to the child. Here are a number of creative variations:

Little Acorns has a map tower using cardboard craft boxes to represent earth-North America-state-city-school-child.

Map Tower (Photo from Tattooed Soccer Mom - Formerly One Hook Wonder)

Map Tower (Photo from Tattooed Soccer Mom – Formerly One Hook Wonder)

Teaching Stars made a cosmic nesting tower using stacking-and-nesting cups and hand-drawn pictures.

Tattooed Soccer Mom (Formerly One Hook Wonder) made a map tower of earth-North America-state-town-house.

First Grade to the Core made nesting cans starting with a hand-drawn world map.

Life with Moore Babies started with a printable of the earth and made nesting boxes with Rubbermaid containers.

Ready. Set. Read! made a nesting bowl activity of “Finding My Place in This World,” starting with earth.

Global Address Nesting Boxes (Photo by Jessie of The Education of Ours at Mommy Moment)

Global Address Nesting Boxes (Photo by Jessie of The Education of Ours at Mommy Moment)

At Mommy Moment, Jessie from The Education of Ours has global address nesting boxes.

“Me on the Map” Activities

“Me on the Map” activities can be used alone or with nesting boxes. I think it would be great to have both DIY cosmic nesting boxes and an extension “Me on the Map” activity.

Finally in First seems to be the start of the “Me on the Map” nesting activities online.

Me on the Map (Photo from Counting Coconuts)

Me on the Map (Photo from Counting Coconuts)

Counting Coconuts has a similar “Me on the Map” activity.

Montessori MOMents has a “Me on the Map” activity and links to resources.

Kid World Citizen and 365 Days of Pinterest Creations also have “Me on the Map” activities.

Me on the Map (Photo from Noor Janan Homeschool)

Me on the Map (Photo from Noor Janan Homeschool)

Noor Janan Homeschool has a “Me on the Map” activity with free printables.

Teach Mama has a “Me on the Map” activity with free printable templates.

123 Homeschool 4 Me has a “Where Do I Live?” activity with free “Expanding Horizons Template.”

Making Montessori Ours has lots of Montessori-inspired activities for a “Where do I live? Unit.”

Pencils, Glue, & Tying Shoes has a “Me on the Map” activity with printable templates that are free if you’re a member of Scribd.

Have you used a similar activity with your child or students?

For more DIY materials, check out my DIY Montessori materials post.

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