During our in-depth study on Shoes, we added a variety of materials and tools in the Discovery and Art Area for the children to explore. We were inspired by Renée Dinnerstein's writings, books and articles as we continued to incorporate inquiry-based, guided play into our classroom. She has done a tremendous amount of work and research in the area of choice time and the IMPORTANCE of it (Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration and Play) "The bottom line is when children are at play, they’re not just playing––they’re learning machines, and play is the engine that drives them.” —Renée Dinnerstein. The children made shoes for themselves, their friends, classroom guests and family members throughout our study and thereafter. They traced, drew, cut, glued and designed flip flops, slip on's and much, much more.