Land of the giants

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By Calvin Dorioneducational writer and researcher at Cambridge University

Create a virtual world full of animals and plants to help bring to life habitats and ecosystems

From molecules to the Moon, science through drama enables children to see and experience environments that are otherwise too big, too small, or too dangerous to view. Traditional science education often uses lenses and photography to bring tiny or invisible objects up to a scale that children can access. However, these resources are usually static, visual representations that can fail to enthuse a young audience. Role play and mime activities complement these resources and allow you to guide children’s imaginations through dynamic, multi-sensory perspectives. It’s a child-centred and interactive approach, which creates a motivational mix of hard science and adventure.

Enrich the study of habitats, plants, and life cycles by taking children on ‘virtual fieldtrips’. Whatever the weather outside, you can shrink to the size of insects and embark on safaris that transform benign back-garden habitats into exotic, jungle-like worlds of fascinating creatures. Such close interaction with the microcosmos, through role play, can develop a hunger for acquiring and applying new terms and concepts.

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