|while the children were resting/sleeping - this is what I set up... I was curious to see what would happen - next to it were jars and boxes of all sorts of materials...|
|after a while I saw they had finished designing and creating the patterns and introduced fairies as a possible small world play to this new world they had created. The fairies were new to them - and were enthusiastically received by all.|
|Another child sorted and re-sorted the materials found on the material. Arranging them by colour - discovering that the shells made an excellent source of transportation.|
|the third child arranged the fairies - sat and admired them, watched the other's for a short time, then re-arranged the fairies, admired and then re-arranged... it must have been in double digits the number of re-arrangements.|
|Today we set up the blue velvet together - this time the fossils came out, and more beads. It was also noticeable that the children who had participated in yesterdays session had a clear strategy in how to place the beads...|
|As you see it was not just a case of pouring the beads into areas of the material - this time there was planning and positioning.|
It was also noticeable that the toddlers were much more interested in a sensory experience - of feeling the beads run through their fingers - today this is what the toddlers did too - and were allowed to, although for some of the older children this was difficult to accept - why were there beads all over the floor? But after a while and some explanations they saw the benefits - they too could experiment with the beads... Again - learning to see things from another point of view, and adding this new knowledge to their own... Philosophy without words...