Claire Warden: Focus on talking tubs

$75.00$67.50 Member Price

What are Talking Tubs?

A Talking Tub is an object which a practitioner fills with a wide variety of objects which all fit a particular theme. Objects can then be taken out one by one encouraging children to touch, feel, and explore a theme. Observation, documentation, assessment and planning are most effective when they are matched to the needs of the child. In order to achieve this we need to understand children’s thinking, through considering all the ways in which they communicate.

The Talking Tub is a vital part of the Talking and Thinking Floorbooks Approach. The tub will allow you to provoke child-led conversations which in turn will create Possible Lines of Development.


This package contains the modules Introduction to the Talking Tubs and Moving forward with Talking Tubs for those who wish to focus on the Talking Tubs.

In this module, you will have learnt how to:
• ensure quality and intentionality of the contents when making up a Talking Tub
• balance questioning and discussion with children
• use Talking Tubs with non-verbal children
• use the process of self-expression and know-how visible for children, staff and visitors
• use Talking Tubs with those who English is an additional language.

Completing Participatory Planning – The Floorbooks Approach (Focus on Talking Tubs) will contribute 2 hours of N PD addressing 3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Additional information

Presented by

Dr Claire Warden

Links to the National Quality Standard

Quality Area 1: Educational program and practice, Quality Area 5: Relationships with children

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Course Duration

2hrs – 1hr per module