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The Possibilities of Play

This learning center activity from The Possibilities of Play: Imaginative Learning Centers for Children Ages 3-6 by Dr. Jean Feldman and Carolyn Kisloski, allows children an opportunity to practice sensory exploration, communication skills, while using their imaginations!


  • Small rocks or pebbles
  • Gold spray paint
  • Sifters
  • Sandbox

What to Do

Away from the children, spray-paint rocks and pebbles gold to make “nuggets.” Hide the gold pebbles in the sandbox. Provide the children with sifters, and encourage them to use the sifters to hunt for “gold” in the sand. For even more fun, let the children take turns hiding and finding them.