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Right now, UK airspace is locked down because ash in the skies from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland makes it too dangerous for planes to fly. Natural disasters of this magnitude cause all manner of problems, but they also present a great opportunity to explain to children and toddlers about the world we live in. What children are able to understand depends largely on how old they are. Three year old toddlers have little understanding of the wider world that we live in, but when something happens on an international scale, there is a good opportunity to begin explaining about countries and geography. Over time, children will begin to graps the concepts and this will enhance their understanding of the world.
Here are some ideas to help explain the world of volcanoes and geography more broadly to children:-
Knowledge and Understanding of the World is one of the areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. How better to bring the world to life than to investigate a natural disaster that has a direct bearing on the people around us, even though the disaster is so remote from where we live?
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