These images come from the Opal School Preschool, children ages 3-5, in Portland, Oregon
From the Opal School Blog: http://www.opalschoolblog.typepad.com:
Perhaps the children think of these materials as friends. It is in each child's unique relationship with the materials that their composition reflects this connection. A child comes to know himself through these materials. In this way the relationship is transformed. So who or what was the transformer and who or what was transformed? In these experiences a child's empathy grows for the natural world.
By manipulating the materials, they have a concrete, tangible, and engaging experience with this idea of transformation, both as witness to how materials transform, but also, as doer - the transformer. We believe that these ideas are imperative for children to explore and understand and offer us a beautiful analogy to how a community is created.