After several meetings that involved moving water in the sensory table, I wanted to extend the children's learning by challenging them to move water from one water table into another. The children used scientific thinking and problem solving skills as they invented many different ways to connect the tubes and funnels together. They were thrilled to see their success.
In order to provide a new and different perspective on moving water I brought the children to the Mississippi River where I wanted to bring awareness to the natural way the river moves. The children noticed the river moved in one direction as it flowed and mentioned the water level, and they were certain it was very deep in the center! The children also had some interesting ideas on where the river stops and collects and were quite curious about the "fluffy stuff" or bubbles, found atop of the water. Their ideas and interests brought awareness to possible new directions for the group, such as creating our own river by the rocks and water pump on the playground.