Beans: They’re good for your fine motor skills!

091914_5192Our sensory, or touch, table made its first appearance the other day.  It is filled with colored beans.  I actually prepped the table the first full week of school, but haven’t had the opportunity to introduce it to the class.  In true Responsive Classroom style, we used guided discovery to find out more about the new materials.  As you can see in the picture above, the class did an amazing job of following directions and listening with their whole bodies as I explained the basics of the bin.  Here we are touching them for the first time:

A few moments later, beans were flying, giggles ensued and happiness permeated the atmosphere.  The children were measuring beans into containers, placing individual beans in upside-down funnels and creating flavor concoctions.

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