One of the wonderful things about creating terrain is that it gives freedom to create one's vision, in the same way that an artist uses a canvas. Unforetunately, the hobby is often marginalized as only belonging on game tables.
while this is certainly a great place for it, I've found that it works wonders in the classroom as well.
Over the last several years, i've been building thousands of Hirst Art molds for use in Elementary school classes, and have had outstanding success with them. Kids love to get their hands on them, and spend hours gluing them together and creating environments for them to exist in.
Bruce Hirst has an excellent series of ancient Egyptian molds, as well as Gothic stone, Fieldstone, and some Roman themed columns. This variety allows students to work in a variety of eras throughout history, in many different cultures.
For math curriculum, the use of shapes is covered, as the molded bricks are a variety of cubes, rectangular prisms, cones and so on. The art aspect is obvious, and it takes very little effort to work in a social sciences unit around the buildings as well.
When the buildings are done, the kids can put together living environments for their castles, again using basic terrain building techniques that add so much visual appeal to the settings.  Again, the kids can be challenged to represent resources found in the areas around their historical setting.
The only drawback is the time it takwes to make all the bricks. I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to take the time when i can, which i am very grateful for. For anybody else it may be a challenge though.  Anyway, you can always buy my stuff... :)




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