In that post, I noted that the space inside the box was so inviting that children actually crawled into the box and sat in the table.
I kept this apparatus up for a second week with one modification: I added a cardboard tube that transversed the box horizontally.
The reason I added the horizontal tube was to prevent children from climbing into the box and into the table. Did it work?
Putting aside the crawling in and out, the apparatus spawned a multitude of operations as the children played and explored the apparatus. One of the simplest operations---it is actually a set of operations---is to fill a container and then pour it down the tube. Watch how that works with these two-year-olds.
Pouring corn down the tube becomes a social operation when someone is on the other end. Watch.
Sometimes that social play involves a fair amount of negotiation, coordination, and give-and-take. You can see that in the pictures below.
There is more negotiation here than meets the eye because before long the roles are reversed.
There are so many of these operations that arise from play with this apparatus. Too many, in fact, to continue documenting in this post. There is one more, though, that seemed to come out of nowhere. Watch.
Some questions arise for which there are no answers. They are simply fodder for reflecting on the wonderment of children and their operations.
P.S. School is out for the summer so I will be taking a break from the blog for July and August. I will use the time to fine-tune a presentation on sensory tables for the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Atlanta this November.
As I plan for that presentation, I would like to ask for your help. Do you have questions about any apparatus or the process of building apparatus that have come up in the course of reading this blog? If you were to go to my presentation on sensory tables, what would you want to see or hear? Also, if you have tried to make an apparatus from the blog, which did you try and how did that work for you? The best way to learn is to do, but are there some tips that would have helped you in the doing? Also, if you thought you were going to build something you saw in the blog but did not, what gave you pause.
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Thanks in advance.