worm slide. Since the crate has holes, I was able to thread flexible tubing through the crate adding a bit of intrigue to where the worms would end up.
In addition, the wooden tray section of the base offered a unique space in which the children could pour hands-free. The crate in the middle created two of those spaces, one on each side of the table.
For the second week, I used the same base to secure a rocking chair waterfall to the sensory table.
flex tubing and added another PVC pipe, but the waterfall ramp was the new deal.
The third week, I kept the rocking chair waterfall, but I replaced the flex tubing and the PVC pipes with pool noodles, three to be exact. One noodle was shorter and more sturdy. I taped that noodle(the middle one) vertically onto the crate and the wooden tray. The end standing in the table was taped so the only exit for water that was poured into the blue funnel was through the holes that were drilled in the noodle. The two thinner and more flexible noodles were threaded through the crate and taped both to the back of the crate and the lip of the table near the brown planter tray. The noodle on the left was left open at the end so when a child would pour water into the black funnel, the water would empty into the smaller clear table. I taped the end shut of the noodle on the right so when a child would pour water into the red funnel, the water would squirt out the holes in that noodle.
I provisioned turkey basters for play with these noodles. It was not long before the children figured out that they could plug the holes with the turkey basters.
FYI: I do not plan to blog next week because I travel to Missouri to do an all-day workshop on Friday for a public school EC program. This is a workshop in which I offer a framework for building in and around the sensory table and the participants get to build their own apparatus. It is almost like a pop-up adventure play event for adults. Also, at the end of October, I will be presenting on sand and water tables in Seattle at the WashingtonAEYC conference. My session is on Saturday morning from 9:00 - 10:30. The following week I am LA for the NAEYC national conference. My presentation for that conference is Thursday afternoon from 1:00 - 2:30. If you plan to be at either of those conferences and you get a chance, stop by and say hi.