Explore the Senses with a Sensory Table!
It's a place designed for squishing, sifting, sorting, digging and pouring, where children can get messy, discover, and play freely. It's a sensory table. And almost every preschool has one. Now you can duplicate this sensory stimulation device at home, too!
What You Need:
- Large, shallow, plastic tub
- Bath towel
- Handheld brush and dustpan
- Sensory tools outlined below
The following are some great fillers with which to begin:
- Add soap to wash plastic dolls or dishes
- Add food coloring to experiment with color mixing
- Add assorted items to experiment with floating and sinking
- Add small plastic or rubber fish and a handheld net
- Dry instant mashed potatoes
- Cornmeal (makes a great sand substitute)
Easter grass with plastic insects and butterflies
- Shredded paper
- Foam packing peanuts
- Colored paper clips
Assorted leaves, twigs, grass, and magnifying glasses
- Cotton balls, buttons
- Shaving cream (In winter, add trucks to plow snowy roads in the table!) If your child's learning the alphabet, help her trace letters in the shaving cream.
Magnets with a random assortment of metal objects to "catch"