The child starts out washing the little pedestal in one corner of the table (left) and then moves down to the legs of the table (right). What motivates this child to wash the table and its legs?
Patting the blanket from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
Why and how did this child reach the point at which he decided to gently pat the blanket as it floated in the water? (On a trip to a beach, do you remember the feeling of a wet blanket in the water? Is that what this child is experiencing?)
Children are always making choices at the sensory table in terms of what to do with the elements provided. I fool myself if I only look for the "whiz-bang" moments. Rather, I must remember to look closely at even the simplest and mundane operations. Why? Because I cannot presume to know the child unless I observe him making meaningful choices for himself no matter how simple or mundane.