It is impossible to show all the exploration, but here is a taste of just some of what happens with hodgepodge and doohickies.
Upside-down Funnel from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
Remember the syringe in the first picture? In the last video, the child has figured out how to use it to fill the ice cube tray from the butterfly bowl. It is unique but methodical. Watch.
Filling the Ice Cube Tray with a Syringe from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
I acknowledge that the pots and pans and bowls and implements available for the children at my sensory table will win no awards for beauty. If awards were given out for fostering creativity, though, hodgepodge and doohickies take the prize.