Many of the items I set out on the shelves came from second-hand stores like Goodwill. However, I do not remember where I got the pink cup. For all I know, I could have inherited it from a teacher before me. I can say that the pink cup was not something I purposefully went looking for to add to the sensory table provisions on the shelf.
I am sure I entertained the idea of getting rid of that lowly little cup. It is a good thing I did not because as tag my pictures, I keep seeing that pink cup everywhere. Not only does it pop up everywhere, but it is used in any number of ways by the children's in their operations.
I am very curious what drew the children to use the pink plastic cup. The cup was worn and heavily used and not particularly pretty. So what was the attraction with this cup? Was it because it was pink and stood out among the other items? Was it because the children could handle it with ease because it fit a child's hand so well?
I do know that this ordinary little cup added a richness to play in the sensory table that few---including myself---could have predicted. This lowly cup makes a beautiful case for the the ordinary contributing to the extraordinary in children's play.