Cementing Student Learning with Messy Play
As a kid, returning to class after recess only to find out I’d be going back outside for a lesson was exciting every single time. It was usually for a science experiment, and there was always a mess (intended or not). It made learning even more fun. That’s what AO.com is doing with Month of Mess challenge. Messy play helps young students in their early years of development by teaching them important life skills (e.g., communication, social behavior, creativity, problem solving, etc.). It forces students to interact with the world around them in a way that can be fun and familiar, while furthering a lesson.
Get Messy: Fossil Hunting with Your StudentsIf you’re searching for ways to get your students out of the classroom to continue learning, try fossil hunting. But don’t just hunt for the fossils—make them! Here’s how:
- Purchase or make a plaster or clay for making fossils (recommendations)
- Collect specimens for fossilization
- Make fossils
- Bury fossils
- Go hunting