Discovering Sand as a Mark-Making Tool

Venturing outside is always a wonderful experience as the world that exists out through the classroom doors is very rich in a vast array of learning experiences.

The sandpit is one of those areas where the ordinary can so easily become something more, so when a small group of children discovered that the water trough was upside down in this they immediately saw its potential to be something more – a lovely table for collaborative mark making work.

The children started to use their fingers to draw into the sand and marvelled at their marks getting bolder and more defined as their experimentation progressed.

Friends started to use different techniques such as using their toes and therefore comparing the designs that they had so masterfully created.

Sticks of various shapes and sizes were readily discovered within the outdoor environment and added to this mark-making experience adding yet another level of understanding as to how one can communicate their ideas through sand.

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