Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Collaborative Play

Learning Goals: STEM, Cooperation, Mutually-Directed Play

What did this class do?

  • During the winter months this class decided to build an igloo in the classroom.

  • The class discussed what an igloo would look like and determined the materials that would be needed to create the igloo.

  • The educator provided recycled cardboard and paint for students to create ice blocks. A large wall-length piece of paper was posted behind the igloo for students to draw pictures of images they associated with cold weather and igloos.

Suggested Resources:

  • Cardboard

  • Paint

  • White paper

Other Ideas:

  • Have students create any outdoor structure inspired by your climate and geographical region (ie. mountain, tents, etc.)

Why is it Collaborative Play?

  • The educator and students worked together to determine the materials and propose ideas on how to create the structure indoors.

  • The children came up with the idea to build igloos and the educator supported the children’s construction.

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