Kodo Kids has a pump works kit that I set up in my water table. It comes with a pump that attaches to an aluminum tub. It also includes various pipes and connectors.
How many entry points for play did I find with this apparatus? Too many to highlight in the post, but here are a few. And maybe with a few surprises.
First and foremost, there is the pump. When I take a closer look, I also see that a child has used part of the pump base over the aluminum tub as a platform to hold her bottle so she can work hands-free to fill it.
To be clear, the pump turns out to be an entry point for play for more than one child at a time. And now, the entry point becomes a lot more about cooperation and coordination of their movements to be successful at pumping.
A second entry point for play is the end of the pipe that empties into the small water table through the crate. Below, a child is catching the water coming out of the pipe with an aluminum bowl.
A third entry point for play is the big funnel. In the picture below, the child is figuring out where the water goes when he pours it into the red funnel.
To be clear yet again, the big red funnel can be an entry point for play for more than one child. In the video below, three different children pour water into the big red funnel. In addition, one child pours water into a blue funnel, a funnel he has placed into one of the top holes of the crate, thus creating his own entry point for play.
Water and funnels from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
What I find interesting in this video is the flow of play around a couple of focal points that bring children together in such close proximity.
Looking at the whole apparatus, one can see that there are multiple entry points for play along the expanse of the apparatus.