Learning Goals: Needs of Plants, STEM, Mutually-Directed Play, Outdoor Play
Model for the students how to create a terrarium and provide them with a variety of materials (containers, soil, plants) to create their terrarium.
Bring students outside to gather other found materials (rocks, sticks, leaves) to contribute to their terrariums.
In small groups, children can create terrariums using a variety of plants and a collection of soil, sticks, leaves, and other natural materials.
Guide the students’ play by continuing to model how to create a terrarium and supporting the children in the creation of their terrariums.
Terrarium materials (containers, soil, plants)
Students can create other objects based on interests such as fairy gardens or aquariums and brainstorm the materials needed to create these.
Why is it Playful Learning?
The educator planned out and initiated the play context, providing the children with the materials they need.
The students had input in deciding how to design and create their terrarium with their peers.