Archived—Behold the humble sandbox

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The sandbox is a classic in early childhood education centres. The secret of its popularity with both children and educators lies in its endless potential for exploration and learning. Over the years, educators such as Gitanne Pigeon and Sherry Lalonde have devised creative ways to harness that potential.

Inspired by her group's fascination with dinosaurs, Gitanne has been known to organize surprise palæontological expeditions, transforming her sandbox into a digging site where children are introduced to the history of the earth.

Sherry's sand tray is a unique laboratory where children use real objects to give shape to their imaginary worlds, or make sense of the one they live in.

How can I do that at my centre?