Denmark: Børnehave (Kindergarten) Learning Resources

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Denmark Børnehave (Kindergarten) Learning Resource Ideas

Denmark, with its rich Nordic culture, traditions, and emphasis on design and creativity, is a perfect setting for a unique educational experience. Here’s an exhaustive list tailored for a Børnehave (Kindergarten) in Denmark that follows the Reggio, Steiner, and Montessori pedagogies:

New Resources

  1. Manipulatives & Sensorial Materials:
    • Montessori sensorial sets: geometric solids, thermic tablets, and smelling bottles.
    • Puzzle maps of Denmark and the surrounding Scandinavian region.
  2. Language Materials:
    • Sandpaper letters in Danish.
    • Danish children’s literature, including famous fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen.
  3. Practical Life Materials (Montessori):
    • Materials for food preparation, especially traditional Danish dishes like smørrebrød, frikadeller, or koldskaal.
    • Kid-sized tools for activities related to traditional Danish handicrafts.
  4. Mathematical Materials:
    • Counting sets featuring Danish motifs, like Vikings or mermaids.
  5. Natural Materials:
    • Elements from the Danish coastline, such as seashells and beach pebbles.
    • Native plants like heather and beechwood branches.
  6. Arts and Crafts:
    • Supplies for creating inspired by traditional Danish design, or Viking crafts.
  7. Music & Movement:
    • CDs or digital recordings of Danish folk music.
    • Traditional Danish instruments, such as the harmonica or accordion.
  8. Cultural & Science Materials:
    • Kits exploring the North Sea and Baltic Sea.
    • Exploration sets related to Vikings or Denmark’s famous wind turbines.
  9. Outdoor Equipment:
    • Equipment for outdoor play, given Denmark’s emphasis on outdoor learning and play.

Recycled Resources

  1. Old Clothes: For dress-up, especially traditional Danish dresses or Viking costumes.
  2. Used Newspapers: Danish newspapers for crafting and various projects.
  3. Cardboard Boxes: For crafting and creating play structures.
  4. Old Kitchen Tools: Relevant for Danish cooking.
  5. Fabric Scraps: From traditional Danish textiles.

Local Resources & Crafts (Denmark-specific)

  1. LEGO Kits: Given that LEGO originated in Denmark, sets that encourage open-ended creativity.
  2. Viking Exploration Kits: Materials related to Viking history and crafts.
  3. Hygge Kits: Materials to create a cozy, ‘hygge’ atmosphere, such as candles, soft blankets, and crafting supplies.
  4. Danish Festival Kits: Related to traditional festivals, such as Fastelavn.
  5. Traditional Handicraft Kits: Like materials for making ‘klippe klistre’ (cut and paste decorations) for Christmas.
  6. Danish Design Kits: For children to explore world-renowned Danish design principles.
  7. Traditional Danish Games: Such as “dåseskjul” (Kick the Can) or “rundbold” (a game similar to baseball).

Integrating these resources into a Børnehave curriculum grounded in the Reggio, Steiner, and Montessori principles ensures that children receive an education deeply rooted in Danish culture while benefiting from globally recognized educational methodologies.


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