Here are some ideas and pictures of my Preschool Sensory Table activities.
Children mixed primary-colored water to make secondary colors. The bucket in the middle was for dumping the water when finished, or to start over.
Children mixed cornstarch with colored water to make “goop”.
Children added liquid soap to water with medicine droppers and blew bubbles with a straw.
Children poured water into different sized containers.
Children poured sand into different sized containers. (I use dustless Jurassic Sand.)
Children explored crushed ice and colored water by adding drops of colored water to a cup of ice.
Transferring Cocoa (Left to Right)
Children used a spoon to move cocoa from the bowl on the left to the right. The cocoa gives off a nice scent. Cinnamon and other spices can also be used.
Creative Exploration (Lizards)
Children used Jurassic Sand with Tree Blocks, river rocks, and plastic lizards for creative play.
Creative Exploration (Spiders)
Exploring Volume with Rice
Children used dry rice and colored jewels with measuring cups, funnels, and different sizes and shapes of clear glass containers.
Exploring Volume with Water
Children used water and colored jewels with measuring cups, funnels, and different sizes and shapes of clear glass containers.
Insta-Snow is a superabsorbant polymer. I let my kids watch as I make it so they can see the powder absorb the water. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can also get it from Steve Spangler. Since my kids don’t get the opportunity to see or touch real snow, they like to just run their fingers through it and play with it. You could also use it with measuring cups and containers of different sizes, or with small plastic polar animals.
Flour & Water Mixture
Place a cup of flour, cup of water, spoon, and bowl in the sensory table for each child (I only have room for two children at our table). The children can choose the amounts of flour and water to add to their bowl and stir, experimenting to see the different consistencies they get when they add more water or more flour.
Resources for Your Sensory Table
I receive a lot of questions about where I purchased the sensory table. The truth is, I rescued it from my school’s storage building in pitiful condition, got rid of the bugs and frogs, soaped it down, and sprayed it with white spray paint (the kind made for plastic). Check educational supply catalogs to find similar sensory tables. Community Playthings has a nice one.
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