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
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.
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.
Teaching Stars made a cosmic nesting tower using stacking-and-nesting cups and hand-drawn pictures.
One Hook Wonder made a map tower of earth-North America-state-town-house. (Unfortunately, the blog is no longer available.)
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.
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.
Counting Coconuts has a similar “Me on the Map” activity.
Montessori MOMents has a “Me on the Map” activity and links to resources.
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.
The Montessori By Mom Earth Exploration Toolbox has activities that help children understand more about the world and their place on the map, including a “my place in the world” activity in the online resources area for anyone who’s purchased the Earth Exploration Toolbox.
Have you used a similar activity with your child or students?
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