Provocation 3 : A Collection of Stones
I wanted to return to the stones which Squirm enjoyed so much in the first week, while introducing a few different types of stones. However, I thought I would also continue to use some of the excellent materials which worked so well in the second week. So this provocation kind of became a combination of the two. Plus we finally had a table to use!
- Two stainless steel bowls (from KMart)
- 6 large river stones (from the local discount store)
- 6 large blue ‘glass’ stones (from the local discount store)
- 6 large green ‘glass’ stones (from the local discount store)
- Mirror (from the local discount store)
- Table (from Ikea)
- Plastic covering (from Big W)
- Rug (from KMart)
Because the table is a little tall for Squirm, I discovered the materials worked best if they were set up close to the edge of the table. I put the plastic covering on the table first (because we were working with water), then the rug on top. On one side of the rug, we had the bowl with the stones in it, on the other side a bowl with water, a mirror in between.
Squirm really enjoyed the feel of the ‘glass’ rocks, picking them up, turning them over in his hands, dropping them on the ground (to hear the sound) and trying to make them spin on the ground. He really enjoyed dropping them in the water, then tipping the water bowl (water everywhere!) to get them back again. He also spent a lot of time just playing with the water again. He continued his more cautious approach from last week, but also enjoyed tipping it over a bit at a time to see the water spill.
I was able to get a video of some of Squirm’s play (note, the cup was from last week’s provocation. He wouldn’t give it up 🙂 )
We’re going to give the rocks and water a little break for a while now, but I’ll be very interested in how Squirm approaches them when we pull them out in the future. I’d like to include some short sticks and even some blocks with the rocks, especially as Squirm gets more interested in stacking.
Provocations are experiences offered to a child, based on past knowledge or interests, with the aim of extending the child’s ideas.
Our provocations present a small range of materials – some which are part of Squirm’s every day life, others which are new to him, or only known from other provocations. The aim is to present them in a thoughtful and (hopefully) attractive way, and to allow Squirm to investigate them in any manner he wishes. These provocations will remain in place for around a week, and then a new provocation will be presented.