Aquariums on the discovery table

As part of our unit on fish, I thought the children would enjoy the process of putting together their own aquariums. To get the children up and running, I gathered items that would be used in a fish aquarium and set them out as an invitation to play on the discovery table…

Aquariums on the discovery table by Teach Preschool

It didn’t take long at all before the discovery table had a few visitors checking it all out. The first to arrive started adding plants and shells and fish to the aquariums…

Aquariums on the discovery table by Teach Preschool

Exploring the aquariums on the discovery table led to different kinds of learning and pretend play. The children had to use their critical thinking skills and a little bit of trial and error to figure out how to keep the plants from floating to the top of the water…

Aquariums on the discovery table by Teach Preschool

The children also used their own creative expression and decision-making as they chose which items they wanted to keep in the aquariums, how many items to keep in the aquariums, and where to place the items in the aquarium…

Aquariums on the discovery table by Teach Preschool

Throughout the week, some of the children would sit at the discovery table and use the fish and other sea animals for pretend play…

Aquariums on the discovery table by Teach Preschool

And on one day, the children decided they wanted colored water in the aquariums, so I made the colored water available and the children filled the aquariums up on their own…

Aquariums on the discovery table by Teach Preschool

The aquariums were a fun and inviting addition to our discovery table and outdoor classroom for our week-long study of fish…

Aquariums on the discovery table by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-06-21T06:00:57+00:00June 21st, 2013|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO June 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Hello Dbe! Are u on holidays or not yet? amazing idea! thanks for sharing!
    husgs & love from Argentina!

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