I got these from our local Dollar Store, to do what I have badly been wanting to do with my kids.
I distributed the blocks among each in pairs and placed them on waxed paper (parchment paper)
Lil Muallimah made a red ball…..
Lil Muallim # 2 rolled out orange…..
….and covered the red ball
….and then some more
Lil Muallim # 1 did yellow ….
and covered the orange ball
Lil Muallimah rolled out blue and I flattened it out more….
and covered the yellow ball
Then I made the continents with them
NOW FOR THE ACTUAL FUN
I cut it……..and Lil Muallim # 1 took pictures
Core, Mantle and Crust
The best part was that the kids made it all by myself with my help in the end with continents. They made the shapes for 4 continents, which I had to tweak a lil and I made the remaining 3 myself.
Honestly speaking Lil Muallim #1 guessed by the 3rd layer what I was making them do and asked if we were going to cut it too? Then the excitemnet gre even more Alhumdolillah! This was so much fun for all of us. I loves how all my Lil Muallims worked together to make this (besides the typical kiddiness in between :)).
NOTE: I think modelling clay is a better medium for this project as compared to play dough as it is stiffer and sturdier. It needs quite a bit of muscle strength for the kids but the results are rewarding 🙂
I actually got the idea from Learning Ark. The 3 paqrt cards from freemontessori actually have divided the core into two parts the inner (liquid state) and outer core (solid state). But my Lil Muallim #1 suggested that having the core in red gives the visual of it being hot. I think I like that idea.
Also Lil Muallim #1 wants to do this again on a larger scale……ahem…so may be then I’ll go strictly with the nomenclature cards 🙂
I will do formal lesson with this model tomorrow so rest will be posted later.
For now we can’t wait for Abi to come home and show him.
THANK YOU ALLAH FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL EARTH!
UPDATE: Abi wasn’t allowed to even go and change when he came home, all Lil Muallims gathered around him and showed him their model. Abi was surprised to see to say the least…haha.
He really liked the model and appreciated their efforts…..an exciting day Alhumdolillah