I think analyzing the same object from different points of view is a lovely, intelligent
game and also represents and ethical attitude towards awareness of plurality of ways
of seeing the same problem.
In other words, for children to be able to see and understand different points of view they need experiences in perspective taking. Since Vea is an atelierista, her examples naturally emphasize children working out different points of view through various forms of representation.
I would like to play with the same idea of perspective taking at the sensory table. To do that, I will use documentation from 2012 around an apparatus called Big Box on Top.
With this apparatus there are a multitude of ways children can experience different perspectives. From the outside of the box, they can pour and watch the corn go down a cardboard tube.
Or they can take the opposite perspective by catching or blocking the corn coming down the cardboard tube.
For a little bit different perspective, the children can reach into the box to pour and see where the corn goes.
By wedging her head inside the box, another child is able to gain yet a different perspective. She can see the corn flowing in the tube through a hole cut in the tube.
If possible, children will always ask what does it feel like to be totally under the box inside the table and how does that change the experience of transporting the corn out of the table into a bucket.
Or, what does it feel like to inhabit the space under the box inside the table with others?
Here is an example of perspective taking that is a little more complex. One child is in the table under the box and the other child is outside the box. The child inside pushes corn through a horizontal tube. The other child reaches in to grab what the other is pushing through. Neither can see the other, but they can feel each other's actions through the tube.