In this post, let me give you a few examples of more cooperative play fostered by this apparatus.
In the video below, one boy is pouring sand into the top of the tube through a small plastic base that has a small hole on the bottom so it acts like a funnel. At the bottom of the tube, another child is arranging a sauce pan and scoops so the sand flows just right into the sauce pan. I was asking Gabriel to clarify where the sand was going and he said: "Owen is collecting it down there." In the meantime, Owen is saying that he "...can't get it to go right." He removes one of the scoops and says: "There we go. That's good."
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Another play that takes cooperation is one in which the children give themselves a task. In this next video, some of the children at the table have decided they want to fill up one of the tubes. That is no easy task because the tube empties into a tray. Watch.