Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Winter Water exploration

I watched with delight as a child experimented with syphoning from a bucket of sticky mud, he jiggled the pipe up and down several times, stopping every now and then to see if the water was travelling up the pipe.  He went in search of more water, pouring it into the bucket,  he then jiggled the pipe up and down again, stopping to look down the pipe.  The high level of activity had drawn other children into the play, and they set about working together.  The teamwork was spontaneous and they worked like a well oiled machine, almost reading each others minds, one by one they found vessels to pour water down the pipe. Another child responded by connecting pipes together and when the water poured out the joins another child responded by packing mud around the join to block it up. This play continued for over 45 minutes, and during that time there was lots of laughter and excitement too.


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