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::: a place to just go for it!


We have always found the invention table to be one of the most popular areas in the room, except perhaps for the snack table!

It is wonderful early on in the year when the children are exploring the kinder, you and themselves. They can just go for it!

We like to have plenty of supplies such as drawing, sticking and cutting implements …

along with loads of paper, card and envelopes.

Tubs of stuff they can access themselves such as recycled goodies, straws, pop sticks, boxes (we tend to save all our boxes from home during the break to give us a head start), pipe cleaners etc.

Sometimes their creations go home and other times they are just recycled back – they are often not so fussed at this stage about the finished product.

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4 Responses to “a place to just go for it!”

  1. avatar Scott says:

    This idea is one of my favorites. I love to see what kids will create when they just have a lot of “stuff” and a lot of freedom.

    ::: What we really love Scott is since we created the ‘invention table’ 7 or 8 years ago, we don’t get children saying … “There’s nothing to do that I like”!! :) :)

  2. avatar Rachelle says:

    I love it! We do a lot of this too, and I generally call it tinkering, collaging, or experimenting. Now I’ll be adding “inventing” to the mix!! A few questions:

    Do you have any advise on how to display the materials? Are all of these accessible at one time? Do you have any tips on keeping the area tidy?

    ::: Rachelle if you check out this post you will see how we keep the materials, some are in tubs while others are in baskets and tubs. http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/01/keep-it-child-friendly/ We liked to keep out as much stuff as would fit on the trolley. As for keeping it tidy … this was always the busiest, messiest, most social station in the room BUT we taught them to clean up after themselves very early on in the year. Sometimes it worked sometimes it didn’t. Having things in tubs certainly made cleaning up easier but basically it was very messy. The more fun they had the messier it got and we just accepted that! :) :)


  3. Definately the favorite place in our room too – and usually the first stop for kids as they arrive.

    ::: Same with our children Jenny! :) :)

  4. avatar Rachelle says:

    Thanks for the ideas and feedback :) I recently introduced my 2.5 year old to the glue gun (she calls it a glue gunner!), and I’m noticing that most of our recyclables have migrated to her creative space. As she gets older, I look forward to expanding our inventions.

    ::: Wow good for you Rachelle … “glue gunner” … too cute! :) :)

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