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|I added some natural materials like tree blocks, beach stones, sticks which are similar lengths, pinecones and sand. Then sinceit is spring I added some insects from our math bin. I was curious to see how this provocation inspired the children to explore the sand table in new ways using loose parts.|
|My daughter loaned me a raven's nest for the classroom. I was curious to see if this little centre would intrigue my students and it did! They named it the Raven Centre and enjoyed reading the books, using magnifying glasses to look closely at the next and then sketch the nest using paper prepared on the clipboard. I found an emergent reader about ravens which featured labelling which led to a whole bunch of bird sketches with important body parts labelled at the art centre.|
|I was visiting a nature kindergarten classroom in Sooke and noticed that the children had little sparkle jars. As our class is moving to the seashore for the spring I wanted to invite the children to play with water in different ways. This invitation created an opportunity for children to bring a small jar from home and independently follow directions to create their own |
|Sometimes the best things happen when you least expect it. Two students brought in a collection of beach glass collected during family visits to our local beach. Around the same time I found some beach glass that had been turned into beads of all sizes, shapes and colours at our local store on sale!! |
Their interest in sorting and playing with the beach glass inspired me to create a centre where they could play with the beach glass beads, threading them onto gold pipe cleaner and then wrap them on our little tree. As the children explored the beads they sorted by colour, shape, size, created patterns and counted how many beads could fit onto the pipe cleaner Then they would take it apart and do it all over again the next day.
|This open ended activity encourages creativity. The emphasis is on having fun and using the wikki sticks to shape different designs or just play with different figures.|