If you are a preschool teacher I bet there is a sand and water table in your life.
Ideal for all manner of sensory play, they get the kids scooping and pouring and filling and emptying to their hearts' content.
But did you know that there are other dimensions to this classroom staple?
I didn't, until Teacher Tom pointed me in the direction of Tom Sensori and his gem of a blog.
Tom shows us how we can enrich play and learning with sand and water tables by creating different orientations, levels, spaces and holes using stuff you have lying around the place like boxes and tape.
A tub which fitted beautifully on one end to create another level with which to work, and an old piece of wood with holes in it down the other.
Next came another piece of wood with a big hole in it (a remnant of the play stove we took apart) to act as a divider.
There was lots of transporting from one side of the divider to the other through the hole.
Although very simple, these additions added another dimension to the children's play which was wonderful to watch.
Next I plan to get a tad more adventurous and try something along the lines of these dividers.
This is what I love about the big wide world of blogging. There is so much to learn out there!
Over to you. Do you have any tips for the sand / water table?