Observe the child in the back yard or a park. Take a pail and shovel, a car, and cup with you.
Have the child turn around and hide his eyes while you hide a rock in the sand. Tell the child you buried a rock treasure in the sand to see if he can find it. (Provide a stick, shovel, and cup).
The child will dig, poke, and pour with tools to search for treasure.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to let the child discover how tools can help solve problems. Instead of telling the child what to do, provide options and let the child investigate on his own. He will be proud to share what he has learned.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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