The most interesting thing I noticed through our exploration was there were two common behaviors that happened with the children: collection and full body exploration.
On the first day, H searched out and found ever ice cube and one by one made a pile outside of the wooden tray. He would smile at me periodically as he made his pile of ice. When he felt satisfied that he had found them all he returned them to the tray and repeated his actions. The same thing happened when Z was manipulating the plastic register tape rolls. He made a pile on the grass next to the tray and then returned them to the water. Both had a sense of satisfaction as they played with this sense of gathering and returning. They were also categorizing the items available into like piles, which helped their mind create a new file in their brain. It was a physical way for them to say, "This is the same. This is ice. This is this shape." Having the ability to manipulate and use all of their senses to know that item, created a new file in their brain and I look forward to how they will use that knowledge in the future.
As the weather continues to get warmer, our water play will become more involved. Our combining of wonder and play will push our creative explorations further and further.
Are sprinklers next?
Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time. Diane Ackerman