The first week I had it available with color paddles and plastic kaleidoscope toys. This was a time for experimenting with color and light. After that I switched the items on the table to plastic eggs and colored chips for counting. This week we've been building on it with our translucent Wedgits (www.wedgits.com.)
When I put out fabric scraps and scissors, my goal was for the students to practice their cutting skills. However, they quickly added complexity to the area by asking for a stapler and tape so they could create pockets and finger puppets. These kids are so cool, crafty, and smart!
Our first still life experience was with fruit in a bowl, this week I introduced a vase and bouquet of flowers in order to continue our study and practice of drawing. Using the clear jar as a vase was tricky since we can't draw something clear, but I switched it with a bright orange vase and the drawing was more manageable. I will be displaying the finished masterpieces on our bulletin board soon. Please stop by and see them!