We placed some cut up pieces of cove molding in the block area along with some large and small marbles and a few small boxes with holes cut into them.
They found how to angle the molding to allow the marbles to roll to the floor.
They connected the molding and made long pathways that spanned the carpet and usually went under our tables. This caused some of them to invent ways to stop the marbles using boxes and other blocks off the shelves.
They experimented using other surfaces in the center for their ramp ideas.
They "measured" using the marbles and created ways to contain ALL of the marbles. One is never, never enough.
Children worked together trying each other's ideas and offering suggestions.
They also explored the properties of physics balancing the marbles using various techniques.
It was a very engaging center allowing for a great deal of creativity and many possibilities.
Cove molding can be found at your local hardware store. Our sections are two different lengths.
I usually hunt for my marbles at dollar stores.
This week we are continuing with this discovery process by adding PVC pipes cut in half, paper towel rolls, flexible tubing cut in half and pool noodles of various lengths also cut in half. We also added masking tape and have only the large marbles out. Time for some problem solving and inventing!!
Have any other suggestions for our block center that would extend this play? Please leave a comment and share your ideas.