Today I will be showcasing some easy ideas to use for exploration time in Kindergarten. This can mean free time or I.C.E. time depending on what you call it in your classroom; usually they are inquiry-based open activities that students can freely explore. I love having un-structured centers because children can use their imagination to explore and create according to their interests. The key is to provide many different materials for students to use including sensory, fine-motor, loose parts, nature materials, craft and building materials etc.
This does not mean you need to spend a lot of time and money; many of these objects you may already have or can source from dollar stores and from nature. All you need to do is leave them out for students to explore with. You would be surprised at the combination of materials they end up using and the inspiration they draw from working together with other students.