Encourage learning with a Wonder Wall

How many planets are there? Why does mummy like peas but I don’t? Why is fire sometimes blue?  Why can’t we breathe in space?

Children ask so many interesting questions – thirsty for knowledge and full of wondering. Often though, we don’t get the chance to answer their questions: if we’re in the middle of an activity, about to head out somewhere, or because we simply don’t know the answer ourselves. It is such a shame to lose those questions, ignore that interest and possibly switch of children’s curiosity. So, here’s our solution: make a Wonder Wall!

How to use a Wonder Wall to encourage kids' questions :: classroom organisation

 

How to make a Wonder Wall

The idea behind the Wonder Wall is to have a place, at home or in a classroom, where children can catch their wonders. They can jot down their questions (or have you scribe them if they’re not yet writing), post them on the wall, and then when you have a better opportunity you can come back and find the answers.  A Wonder Wall is a great way to collate all the questions that come up when you’re exploring a particular topic, and can be prompts or conversation starters that you can pick up the next time you’re working on your project. Using children’s own questions to explore a subject is a great way to encourage motivated learning.

To make our Wonder Wall we started out with a long roll of parcel wrap.

A washing-up sponge makes the perfect brick! Dipped in brown paint we printed out the wall.

Given its Wonder Wall title we stuck it up on the door between our kitchen and playroom – the places where we spend most of our time –  so it’s easily on hand when a wonder arises, and we are often prompted to pick to unanswered questions to investigate.

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How do you encourage your children to wonder?

For more ideas for curious kids, take a look at our Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful science and math activities.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this idea! A wonder wall would work perfectly in our class and it could also be used to manage our questions on a project we are working on! Great idea thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    This is such a fabulous idea! I’ve done similar at school but never thought to do it at home. My daughter is always asking questions like this and we always say we’ll find out but often forget. Thank you, we’re doing this at half term!
    xx

  3. ji Mealhada says

    Adorámos esta ideia! Nós temos tantaos PORQUÊS!!! Tantos mistérios a precisar de respostas! Muito original e desencadeadora de novas aprendizagens esta ideia!!!

  4. says

    Fantastic idea, we are definitely going to make one of these.
    We have tried lots of nurture store activities, they are just great! and always so cheap to make.

  5. Brittney D. Herz says

    This is a really cool idea! I’m mentioning it in a blog post I’m doing. I will link this post.

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