Exploring STEM Through Sensory Play with Tom Bedard | ARMADALE VIC

Exploring STEM Through Sensory Play with Tom Bedard | ARMADALE VIC


Levels, Spaces and Holes: Transforming your sensory tray to foster complex, intriguing and imaginative play (3-hour Workshop)

Monday, 9 September 2019

Time: 4pm - 7pm

Venue: Armadale Community Kindergarten

Address: 3 Fulton St


Create constructions for the sensory table using found and recycled materials and duct tape.  Participants are offered a simple framework for building that includes six dimensions and elements to incorporate in their building process that foster scientific inquiry.  Apparatus can easily be adapted for use outdoors in a sand pit or bush kitchen.

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Tom Bedard, M.Ed., Early Childhood Education and, in 2009, was the first early childhood teacher to be named finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program.   Before retiring from the classroom in 2016, he worked in the field of early childhood education for 38 years. During that time, he taught thousands of children in all age groups from infants to preschoolers representing diverse backgrounds and abilities.  


His specialty has been to promote and analyze exploration of sensory play to better understand children’s curiosity and competence in all areas of development.  Through international, national, regional, and local presentations and through blogging on sand a water tables, he has created a platform for parents and practitioners from all over the world to reflect on children as learners and inspire them to imagine new possibilities for dynamic play and learning at the sensory table.


Educators looking for ways to expand and enrich play and learning with easy-to-make, low-cost materials or anyone who appreciates children's messy play will love this session.