An Invitation

As adults, we are quick to associate objects with their purpose or function. A banana is for eating, a hammer puts nails in walls. As a toddler, that banana could be a phone and the hammer, a drum stick. Toddlers need to explore materials to understand them. We set out provocations or invitations to see how the toddlers interpret those materials.

A cup of pipe cleaners was set out, along with some wooden pieces. When the toddlers came in, they were curious about the new materials.

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One of the toddlers suggested painting, so that is what we did. They toddlers used the pipe cleaners as brushes.

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Another toddler wrapped a pipe cleaner around their wooden block. The toddlers twisted the pipe cleaners and explored them.

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The colours mixed together and the toddlers made some cool designs. It was interesting to see the way that the toddlers used these new materials.

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