Webbing as a Curriculum Process

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Early learning teachers may use webbing as planning and programming process. Webs are schematic maps that are being created to support curriculum directions. Children become contributors of the creation of webs. Webs support early learning teachers in the brainstorm and record ideas in an organized way. Katz and Chard (2000) recommended webbing as a support process to emergent curriculum. If early learning teachers use webbing to brainstorm ideas related to a particular topic it might be limited. For example, if early learning teachers observed children collecting pinecones, putting them in baskets and transporting them from one area to another it may not be that pinecones are what the children are interested in. It might be short sighted to put only pinecones at the centre of the web.

In the search for what is meaningful webbing is a good tool for brainstorming. Let’s web together! After observing the children collecting pinecones where do you think this may experience might lead?

Pinecone Collection!

Use the comment box below to add your ideas of what you would do to support the children’s growing interest in pinecone collection.


  1. Barb Keller

    Pinecones can lead to trees, birds, you can use them in science to measure, weigh and sort. They can observe and predict.

  2. Xintong Wang

    Going for walks to collect them and to collect different types of pinecones.
    Adding other loose parts to use to compare the pinecones.
    Add art and craft materials to go with the pinecones
    and just see what they might want to do with them and go from there.

  3. Christine Norman

    To me I might be wandering if it is the collecting, gathering and moving of the pinecone that might be interesting. Items such as different baskets or containers could be added to the environment as well as different materials to place in the baskets such as rocks or sticks. The children may also be interested in going on a nature gathering walk. The children can bring baskets along and gather different items. I may want to observe for longer and see where else the learning goes as well as create dialog with the children as to what other materials they may like added to the environment.

  4. Angela George

    are they just keeping them to bring home, or can we use them for science and art, and design, and rooftops and trees and texture and chrismas decorations for maing fairy houses or a pathway so many possibilities

  5. Cindy Spencer

    Pine ones can be used for so many different activities…adding magnifying glasses and a scale and some items like string, scissors, rulers, paint, paper etc to see what the kids will do with them. They can be added to other play areas so kids can use them with cars, the kitchen area, in the water, mud or sand.

  6. Jasmine Park

    Pinecones can be used in so many ways. We can do art, science, math and even they are good for sensory activities.

  7. Nikki Littlechild

    There are so many ways to explore with pine cones. The simpler ideas are collecting them for art purposes such as using them for painting (to paint or as a paint brush) or gluing. It could also lead to more investigation as to what pine cones are used for, for example what squirrels and birds do with them. They can measure them, weigh them, stack them, count them, sort them by size and shape etc. The possibilities are endless!

  8. Hilary Geddes

    there are many ways to incorporate pinecones into many areas of curriculum one great way would be using them as a tool in the explanation of categorization, art, literacture of of pinecones come to be and their perpose, pretend play etc..

  9. Heather Diewert

    It would be interesting to add different carrying items and varying sized containers to place the pinecones in to see if they are sizing the objects, using them as shopping items, designing with them…. You could then add items to expand that exploration/ measuring sticks, cloth bags, other loose a scale etc, light sheet to display items on.
    I would also include magnifying glasses, tweezers and bowls to dissect the pine cones with to determine if it is the pinecones that are the provocation. If so, adding books, bark and small branches from different coniferous trees, and binoculars to look at trees to see if the children can determine which tree they came from.

  10. Pamela Casorso

    The pinecones can be used in the science corner and in art. One could put them in the mud kitchen area for baking.

  11. Carrie Maclellan 

    I’d find some resource books on different types of pinecones and their corresponding trees, I’d incorporate many crafts into the pinecone experience as well as continue the exploration into other things that the tree produces (ie maple syrup, helicopter seeds, sap) One could even take this a step further and talk about the role of the tree in providing oxygen, houses for animals, and how the pinecones themselves are formed.

  12. Rachael Ewan

    I would provide different types of pinecones, and different types of containers as there seems to also be an interest in the transportation of the item. Perhaps other natural materials would also spark interest. I would observe, reflect and plan as each material is added or provocation occurs.

  13. Shirley Robinson

    For me i would see if they would like to do arts & crafts with them outside and see if they want to make something out of them or would they like to just keep them in pile and think about what we can do with them

  14. Shirley Robinson

    For me i would see if they would like to do arts & crafts with them outside and see if they want to make something out of them

  15. Heather Brekkaas

    They could measure the pinecones, paint them and make a craft, or make birdfeeders with nut butter and bird seed. A lesson on how pinecones grow may be benifical as well depending on the age of the children.

  16. Anna Mary McKenney

    measuring the pinecones by size, height, weight. They could be used for art or to make things like fire starters or decorations. They can be explored to expand on the lifecycle of trees and the environmental impact they have

  17. Rachelle Gregoire

    I would add a way to measure them. I could have different size containers that i’m sure kids will enjoy pushing themselves to carry the most! We could make the biggest pile and take a picture. We could build boundaries fir a village and roads four our trucks.

  18. Katarina Ninkovic

    I would add some hemp string….to inspire the children to spin the hemp around to make streamers or necklaces or whatever else!

  19. Dana Wilson

    I would add other natural materials that can be collected such as leaves, rocks, feathers and sticks to the outdoor space. I would also provide buckets/bowls/bags for collecting/ carrying the different items. I would add things like scale for the children to measure the weights of different items and provide the space for children to use the collected materials to make art. While providing these items I would also observe the children to see where they are taking their exploration.

  20. Lindsey Cooper

    I would support them by offering magnifying glasses, finding stories about pine cones to read to them and ask questions about the pinecones to figure out what it is they like about them.

  21. Krista Ambrose

    I would add other loose parts to the pile like flowers, feathers, rocks etc. I would ask what the children are doing with the pinecones. I would want to continue talking about shapes, size, colour.

  22. Ginette Pelletier

    Questions to be asked would be
    -where do pinecones come from
    -what can we make with them.
    -do other trees have pinecones

  23. Amanda Funk

    1. measurement tools,( scales, magnify glass, containers, rulers, string, etc. )
    2. art supplies ( paper, paints, clay, brushes, etc..)

  24. Jody Anderson

    I would add baskets, scales, buckeys shovels and cloth bags for collecting items in. I would provide other loose parts in case it was the collecting that was drawing their attention.

  25. Bonnie Willson

    I would add different containers to collect them in, perhaps a place to dump the buckets, magnifying glasses, string, art supplies, books with pictures of the trees and the pinecones that come from them.

  26. Maria Agustin

    Pine cones collections. I would give children a paint, paper, string, glue and glitters and let the children use their imaginations what they can do/create with pine cones.

  27. Prabhulata Immaraju

    Pinecones in themselves are fun for collecting, transportation, counting,making letters, painting, adding other materials to create wth them, mandalas, the possibilities are so many.

  28. Angel Huang

    pine cones collections can lead to looking for more nature materials, such as acorn, nuts, or even some berries that they find on a forest path. They can talk about trees or where there nature materials come from. Using magnifying glasses while they are out exploring and with a basket to collect what they found. They can line up the pine cones with different sizes or colours. and so on.

  29. Mikaela Reyes

    They might be interested in pinecones at the moment but their behavior also shows interest in collecting. A bucket full of other natural materials may also trigger potential collection of other things from their outdoor space. It will be best to provide children with various kind of picking up materials (tongs, spoons, shovel, etc) and containers for them to fill.

  30. Gretchen Conti

    Colours, sizes, shapes, patterns in the pine cones, weight, density. Where do they come from? Who uses them? Why do they look different? Why are the ones under one tree all the same? Why do trees drop pine cones?

  31. Grace Smith

    Pinecones can lead to many interests. Maybe we can add glue, magnifying lens, small cardboard boxes, paints, rocks, some loose materials and let them explore and experiment.

  32. Tammy

    Some ideas are posing questions. Where did that pinecone come from? What is it’s purpose? Why do they fall from the trees? Using them to create art, sorting, counting, measuring, weighing, adding to different play areas to use them as different items. Using various containers and estimating how many to fill them up…etc…

  33. Ruth Novak

    Finding out how they are formed. From start to end. What are they? What is their purpose? Why does it feel funny? Where do they come from? Which leads to more things found in the same area.

  34. Betty-Ann Ryz

    The different sizes and types can be discovered and a lesson in determining which tree they fell off. Or why do pinecones fall? Are they a seed, if so how does a tree grow from it?

  35. Erin Lihou

    We could collect the pine cones, then have literature and learning circles about the pine cones then lastly, make wonderful art with the pine cones and display their art to share with parents/guardians

  36. Amanda Christison

    All children seem to be inherently interested in hunting/gathering as it is in our nature. I would provide a variety of baskets and other natural materials such as tree cookies, sticks, rocks, etc. I would set up a table with some fabrics, cloths, yarn, etc to see what they would do with that. Maybe they like the feel of the pinecones or want to know what’s inside so I would give them magnifying glasses and perhaps a pestle and mortar if they wanted to experience crushing them up and how that sensory experience would be for them. I like the idea of adding rulers/measuring tape as well as some children may be interested in examining the different sizes and shapes of the pinecones.

  37. Nicole Robinson

    I would add playdoe, bits of fabric/string, add them to the mud kitchen, add a magnifying glass, take one apart to add to the discover station

  38. Amanda N

    I would give children a magnifying glass to check the pinecone closely (size, colour, texture) and add extra materials such as clay and paint as a provocation.

  39. Nazia Mir

    I will add some books about trees and how they grow and how trees are essential for life on earth.

  40. Lucie Pendergraff

    Investigate which tree different cones come from, what is in them? Plant them, see if they grow. Investigate the smells and textures. Use them for crafts and loose parts.

  41. Mizuho Kashiwagi

    I would like to investigate pine corn trees with the children, how it grows, why it falls on the ground, and many more!

  42. Charlene Durrant

    I would take the children for a nature walk and see what other kinds of pine cones we could find. I would bring more from home and ask other staff if they have ant different kinds of pine cones. Perhaps we could do a project on trees.

  43. Joanne Falk

    If the children enjoy collecting pine cones, the teachers could talk about them, where they come from, why do they fall off trees. They could also put baskets outside so that the children would be able to collect other items around the yard as well. The children might take them to the kitchen to bake them, or have them for lunch.

  44. Karin Freiberg

    Materials for collecting outside; baskets, old purses, boxes. Children will choose materials to add. Then perhaps incorporate a provocation for classification, sorting, etc

  45. Kimberley Thompson

    If they are collecting pinecones they could be more interested in the hunting, gathering and transporting of the material. To add to it you can do.a scavenger hunt of natural materials . Put out a visual list, baskets, and bring them to all sorts of areas to see what happens.

  46. Kathryn Armstrong

    I would add different methods for transporting the pinecones. I would also put out some other objects that could be moved such as river stones, wood blocks. What are the children doing when the pinecones arrive at their destination? Are they simply dumping them or are the creating something or perhaps moving them again? These observations would also determine where the investigation is going.

  47. Jessica Garner

    Seems as though the children might be playing with collecting, transporting, sorting, or classifying. To support this interests I might offer a variety of buckets or baskets, magnifying glasses, collections of other types of seeds/cones from trees, tools to invite children to deconstruct pinecones, etc.

  48. Shannon Stewart

    This play could be about collecting and transporting/moving objects. I might provide rocks, sticks, wood cookies, scarves to wrap the items in, baskets or different sizes.

  49. Nikki Meyer

    Other natural materials like rocks, sticks, etc and then materials like magnifying glass and containers to collect materials in.

  50. Alison Rinas

    I would provide, shiny elements, rocks, wood cookies and wood, cloth of various texture. I feel allowing children to explore and gravitate to the texture that draw them in will allow for optimal experiences.

  51. Andrea Preissl

    I would add other various sized objects as well. Things like rocks, acorns, chestnuts or leaves as well as extra boxes, bags, baskets, etc. for them to carry everything around.

  52. Svetlana Babikova

    To support children in the pinecone collection, I would collect some recycle boxes with cells and make one for each child. Children can write their names on the box, sort pinecones by size, shape. We can make cards with children (depends on what children want to draw, write and describe on the cards). For example, it can be a place where the pinecone was found, we can make a map, etc.

  53. Kamaldeep Sidhu

    I would provide some containers or buckets,so that they can take and use for different areas maybe for art,science and dramatic play

  54. Janice Duncan

    The children appear to be interested in collecting and transporting/ I would want to observe what the children do with the collections of pine cones and where they transport the pinecones to. The pinecones could end up as objects for symbolic play, perhaps the children dump, sort/count the collection, or simply carry the collection around. I would be interested in having a conversation with the children to learn more about their thoughts or intentions and that would guide my choices. Some possibilities for next steps could include providing a variety of containers for collecting, trays for sorting, posing questions.

  55. Nadira Ramnauth

    I will do a project on pine cones. I will take the children on a walk to collect pine cones. We will talk about the trees that pine cones come from. We will discuss the different types of pine cones. I will get the children to sort the pine cones according to their sizes. We will brainstorm ideas on what we can use the pine comes to do. I will add what we learn about pine cones daily on our web.

  56. Caroline Driedger

    what you would do to support the children’s growing interest in pine cone collection.
    To support the pine cone collection i would add different kinds of baskets, wagons different ways to transport them. I would then have conversations with the children about what they were doing why they are doing what and what would they like to add or want to have in the area. We can document (get children to do it) where pine cones come from maybe go in search of more in the near by forest. You can then add other natural materials that can be carriered and moved. so many ways to extend play, observe , play with the children .

  57. Kathy Barnhart

    I was interested in the children transporting the pinecones and so that would be added to my web to test that theory. Collecting would lead to other items being included for transporting. Also instead of blankets what else could they use to carry multiple items like pinecones, rocks, leaves? Perhaps weaving might come into play and pieces of cloth of different colours. Using grasses to make a “blanket”. I also had an image of the pinecones being treated carefully because they were baby trees. That could lead to another exploration about kindness in nature.

  58. Alphonsine Hategekimana

    The pinecones can be used in the science corner and in art. Glue, construction paper and even paint can be added.
    I like to use them at Christmas time as decorations in the classroom and even an activity to take home.

  59. Deborah Fehr

    The possibilities are endless of course. I think I would start by talking to and listening to the children. They could be placed in the middle of a table and discussions could begin. What does this remind you of? Where should we keep these, so we can use them? Should be put some in smaller baskets in different centres? or all in one basket? What else could we collect? I might add some things to the table e.g. vehicles, tongs, containers, paper, glue, scissors etc. And then watch to see what the children do with the materials.

  60. Heather Howard

    I feel I would first add some vehicles for transportation as I see the transporting of the pinecones that might cause me to observe closer. Where is she taking the pinecones? Do the pinecones represent something else? What does she do with the pinecones once she has transported them? I would add more materials after observing further to scaffold on this experience.

  61. Janet Huffman

    I would be curious as to where the pinecones are being taken- I would provide various containers to that they could be taken to different areas and used in different ways. They may be used for art, math, science, mud kitchen to represent food. I would observe all that occurs in order to scaffold their learning.

  62. Laura Mcintosh

    I would try and take the pinecones in an art direction but adding paper and glue and different colors for the children could make a piece of art and take it home with them.

  63. Patricia Lynch-Staunton

    I wonder where the children are taking the pinecones and what they are doing with them. Are they classifying, counting, sorting, using the pinecones to represent other things (food, baby animals in the burrow), telling stories as they move from one place to another? Without knowing this, it would be difficult to web.

    If I used pinecones as the source of the web, I would add size, shape, age, colour, texture, purposes, life cycles, species.

  64. Stephanie Vieira

    With the interest of pinecones they can do many things. Make art with them. Have a science project with it. Dramatic play. Make art, paint them, glue on paper. Make a necklace or bracelet. Learn about it, where does it come from? The list goes on.

  65. Lorraine Kok

    I think the pinecones could be used in a variety of ways they could be used for math shapes, sizes, color, they could also be used in the kitchen, water table, and sand table. I would also add different loose parts such as feathers, ribbon, rocks, leaves, maybe sea shells.

  66. Jaclyn Geiger

    So many opportunities of learning! Math measurement, capacity, comparison. Science learning of the trees, seeds, growth and nature. First Peoples Principles of gathering and connection to land. Imaginative play could also open the door the ANYTHING the learners see the pinecones could represent. Observe, ask questions and seek provide items to continue the interest and exploration.

  67. Randi Robertson

    I think collections are fun when you are a young kid! I think pinecones would be a good one because then the kids could recoginze the shapes, sizes, weight, length, texture etc of each pinecone. I would ask the kids questions, i would give them objects such as buckets, boxes, baskets etc for the collection of the pinecones.

  68. Nicole Morrell

    If the children wanted to collect them we could find or make containers to carry them in, we could also go search for more materials. We could use the pinecones to create bird feeders or we could get magnifying glasses to investigate them further.

  69. Ai Paul

    Children might be interested in collecting, then I would provide different natural materials, such as leaves, flowers, branches, rocks, shells etc. Going for a nature walk would be fun too. If they are interested in different kinds of pinecones (shapes, sizes, texture), then I would add pencils, paper, magnifying glasses. Maybe they would like to do art work, then add paints, yarns, paintbrushes, paper. Children might be interested in how the pinecones are rolling out on the hill, then I would bring boards, tubes, milk crates, so that children can make slopes.

  70. Christine Villeneuve

    If children started to collect pinecones, I would add twigs, pebbles, shells, rocks, branches, feathers, cloth/ribbon, buckets, bowls, and tongs. What I would add next would depend on what they did with the pinecones. Scales for balancing, containers for carrying, ramps for rolling, pots for planting, there is so much that the children can tell me without using words.

  71. Carli Olson

    We have agree in our yard and after easter had happened, the children used them as eggs and would have Easter egg hunts. They then moved on and collected them for money and food for their drive thru! They used them in lots of ways. We also had a few who play video games and used them as grenades. It was interesting to see how many of them knew what this was and played along.

  72. Romy Ralph

    I think I would see if there were more items that could be collected such as rocks and leaves and then with the pinecones the children could sort the items into baskets. Shape ,size, colour and observe how the children use them in other ways.

  73. Daniela Rodriguez

    The pine collection can go in a variety of directions. But I would hope children would be interested in changing the shape or texture of the pinecone by sculpting or doing something artsy.

  74. Kim Hoey

    One could put them in the mud kitchen area for baking.
    Add different size baskets and containers…. maybe a scale.
    Add some larger containers and some dirt.

  75. Laurie Millions

    I would give the children some buckets to collect and weigh the pine cones.I would also put our sand and mud for the children to explore the pine cones with.

  76. Charmee Penner

    Pinecones could lead to many interest and experiences. Comparison, texture, size, shape, colour, movement or transportation, trees, weight.

  77. Taylor Aichelberger

    The pinecones might be of interest, but it might also be the act of foraging, collecting and sorting that is inspiring the children’s play. I would add some provocations that might include other natural materials such as rocks, leaves, and flowers as well as objects such as bowls, buckets, and baskets. I would continue to observe, ask questions, and become involved in the children’s play in order to determine the source of the interest.

  78. Jessica Popp

    Pinecones can lead to many interests. Tress, beaches, birds, sinking/floating, planting cycle. One of my first thoughts was buckets, shovels and gloves. This might lead to other bugs and worms. I envision a puller and levey exploration as well. Following the children’s interest would allow us to scaffold on what the children are wondering.

  79. Devina Soares

    add rulers, buckets, strings, scales, rocks, feathers to the space. Talk about trees, where pinecones come from, colour/length/weight, ask children what they are? What do they do? Observe to see what they do with them.