Art and Sensory Play Area
Sensory play materials are rotated regularly. Sometimes this table holds water, others
times heaps of cotton balls, rice or, as in this
photo, potting soil. When extra supplies are
added, children's play becomes more complex and
engaging. For instance, when the table is filled
with water, teachers provide play accessories such as water
wheels, funnels, tubing, basters, and plastic
measuring cups. Note the plastic smocks hung
nearby within children's reach.
|Project resource materials are
stored attractively to encourage creativity
and problem solving. Items are within
child-reach and are arranged to model an
approach to organization.
Side by side easels allow children to be
creative while also being social. A list of
children's names are printed correctly above the
art easel so each child's creation can be labeled
correctly by lab students and volunteers. Out of
view nearby is a supply of paintbrushes of
different sizes so children can choose the one
that's "just right" for what they want
light table below is used in a variety of ways.
Children enjoy arranging leaves on the table so
veins can be highlighted. Making designs on the
light table with mirrored pebbles is popular, too.
In the photo below, transparent stacking and
connecting blocks are being used to make
The white shelving
holds additional art supplies, such as yarn and
collage materials. They are stored in see-through
containers so children and teachers can see