In this provocation the children were given pieces of foam in different sizes and shapes with plastic neon sticks. The children had shown a great interest in using these sticks in play dough play once before, so the teacher wanted to give the children another form of similar exploration.
They were very curious of the foam on the table and were quick to come and investigate. Ati first the felt its texture by rubbing their hands on it and then began hitting on it with the neon sticks in an effort to puncture through it. Each child showed the desire to succeed in piercing through the foam with the stick and it seemed to be the only goal among them as they each watched on another.
One child, however did something very different from the rest. He stayed with the same piece of foam and continued to observe his own work very closely. In seeing that he was not making no head way by simply hitting the same area repeatedly, he began to use his fingers to get the job done. He was able to problem solve! By using his fingers to chip away pieces of the foam to make a deeper hole and dig out the center of it, he was able to insert the neon stick and push it in deep enough where it was able to stand on it’s own. Once this was achieved, the boy laughed and smiled, giving a hug to his teacher who stood by him watching. It was a great moment of achievement for him.
This sensory provocation benefited the children in strengthening their fine motor skills and allowed them to sharpen their problem solving and decision making skills as well. Our goal in developing curriculum is to make sure their is an element of creativity. We believe creativity is just as important as learning how to read and write.