So many of our students have completely structured and scheduled days. It feels like every year things get a little more intense for our littles! They don’t have creative playtime where they can just imagine and explore. Now don’t get me wrong I am all for structure in the right places. I run a “tight ship” in my classroom but that kind of structure allows the students to know what is expected of them and feel safe in my classroom. It doesn’t take away their creativity or choices. In fact, I have purposely looked for ways to provide my students with more opportunities to learn through free exploration and creativity in my classroom. Dramatic play areas, sand and water tables, blocks or play dough have been my go-to’s in the past. But this year I decided to step it up a notch and have a “Maker’s Space”!
A “Maker Space” is a designated area of your classroom where students can create, build and explore. By allowing students time to “make” you stimulate creativity by providing experiences that require a higher level of thinking and problem solving skills.
Students will go through the process of planning, building, evaluating, modifying and sharing. But they get to choose what they make and how they make it. It is amazing to see their little minds at work and how they thrive with this freedom.
I also love this type of learning because it works so well with a growth mindset. There is no right or wrong way to do things in a Maker’s Space. It’s just… come up with an idea and see what happens.
If you are interested in having a Maker’s Space in your classroom I have created a resource that will help you set it up and teach your students how to go through the process from planning all the way to sharing (and everything in between). This resource comes with steps to set up a space in your classroom, parent letters, supply ideas, anchor posters for your students, a “Maker’s Space Planning” page, and ideas to get you started. I have also created both “Traditional” and “Christian Worldview” versions to be used in the environment that best suits your classroom needs. Click on the pictures below to check out these new resources at the Kinderbirdies TPT Store!
Have fun “making”!