There is something really beautiful and attractive for me and the children about the sunshine as it filters through the trees in the morning. I think this becomes even more intensified when it shines on the concoction station when vinegar and baking soda are available. This area has become more and more self sufficient as the children gain confidence in their knowledge of the materials and how they can be used and more importantly how the chemical reactions can be used.
Our goal with this area was to allow the children to learn the properties of different mediums, so that they could skillfully and seamlessly integrate them into their play. The brightly colored vinegar has become tea for tea parties and the resulting foam is often mixed to create new flavors of ice cream. Even though there is a limited amount of materials to use, the children have figured out ways to take turns and use them together, often collaborating on ideas on how and when things should be used.