Happy (belated) Manitoba Day! Show why our province is oh-so-special by creating your own mini version of your favourite place in Manitoba!
- Recycled materials (boxes, containers, lids, etc)
- Coloured Paper
- Pencil Crayons
- What part of Manitoba do you love the most? Brainstorm a list of your favourite places in our province and choose one that you want to recreate!
- Find a piece of cardboard to use as a base. You can cut a piece of a box, or tape pieces of cardboard/paper together to create one!
- Choose the recyclables that you’d like to use to create your magnificent model. Think of the buildings, trees, statues, bridges, benches, and pathways that make up your favourite place. Try using the “satellite” mode on Google Maps to give yourself a bird’s eye view!
- Use the scissors and tape to cut and join materials together to create your structures. Use the tape to attach them to your base
- Use the markers and pencil crayons to mark the pathways, roads, and grass on your base
- Use the coloured paper, markers, and pencil crayons to help decorate your recycled materials
- Once it’s all done, showcase your fantastic work of art!
How does this spark creative learning?
Paper comes in many different forms! How many of the objects in your model are made of paper? Are they all the same type? Are any thicker than others? Thinner? Are they the same, or different colours?
What types of recycled materials did you use in your model? As you add them to your model, think about their characteristics. Which ones are hard? Which ones are soft? Can any of them be bent easily? What would happen if you poured water on them? Do any of your materials share any of these characteristics, or are they all different?
Every part of Manitoba is unique! As you build, identify the different features that are represented in your model. What types of buildings are there? Are there any bridges? Waterways? Trees? Roads? Which of these features are natural, and which were made by people?
Whether it’s out in nature, or nestled in a community, Manitoba is filled with treasures! If your model showcases part of the natural environment, think about the natural resources that we can find in our province, and how they help people. If your model showcases a community, think about the type of work that goes on in cities in Manitoba, and how this work helps produce goods which support people in their daily lives.
Buckle up and take a trip through time! Take a look at your model and imagine how the area you’ve represented would have looked 50 years ago. How about 100 years ago? 150 years ago? How do you think that life in Manitoba has changed over time?
What if no one had ever settled in Manitoba? Would your favourite place still be the same? Brainstorm to think about the reasons why people chose to settle in our province, and research to see if you were right! Are there any stories of interesting people, or figures who were important to the history of our province?
Stay tuned for more resources to help spark kids’ creative learning!
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