Harry at the paint table

Harry is almost four. He can be reluctant to get messy and unsure of the feel of certain sensations on his skin. The paint table has been set up specifically to encourage a hands on tactile experience and the practitioners support and encourage Harry to explore and have a go.

Good for looking at

  • Send
  • COEL
  • Messy play
  • Sensory play
  • Mark making
  • Effective adult support


  • What cues can you see that show what Harry is interested in? (Look out for eye gaze, non-verbal and body language)
  • How is Harry learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways do the adults support Harry’s learning?
  • How do the materials provided for this activity support Harry’s learning?