On the other hand, the corn exits the apparatus in only three places: #1 is the white cardboard tube that empties into the adjacent table; #2 is the open end of the bottom incline box; and #3 is the end of the guttering which is woven through the two incline boxes.
How do the children make sense of this apparatus? How do they make sense of the space created by the apparatus? How do they make sense of the materials such as the cardboard, corn and containers? How does interacting with the apparatus inform the child about him or herself?
Children make sense of the apparatus in dialogue with the apparatus. Some might call this exploration or experimentation, but it is more complex and intimate than simple exploration or experimentation. The apparatus invites children to use their whole body to join with it to make it come alive. In return, the apparatus offers unique challenges both physically and cognitively back to the children. Think of it this way: If there is no child, the apparatus has no actuality. That also means, that the dialogue will change depending on which child or children take up the invitation.
One of the ways they make sense of the space is to explore all the spaces offered by the apparatus. Some of those spaces are not so evident at first glance. For instance, there is a big space right underneath the incline and there is a more constricted space under the base of the apparatus.