The Early Years: Building With Sandby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Children playing in damp sand invariably try to make a tower or a tunnel. By providing experiences with a variety of materials, alone and together, teachers set up the conditions for children to learn through their senses and ensure that a class approaches a topic with a common set of experiences to build on. Learning about the properties of materials, trying to solve problems, and communicating about the results are part of the National Science Education Content Standard A: Science as Inquiry and Standard B: Physical Science (NRC 1996).

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  • on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:40 PM

The activity provided in this article helps young children learn about the properties of sand alone and sand and water combined. Providing a sensory table with various tools allows students to explore on their own to understand the properties of each separately and then together. After experiencing the building capabilities of sand alone and then sand and water combined, children are offered a challenge to try to build a particular structure.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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