This is by far the easiest and most cost effective way (for adults) to make a sensory table.
WHat to purchase and What to Cut;
Head to the hardware store and buy;
1 Sterilite 28-quart storage box (23-1/2" x 17" x 6")
2 3/4” x 10 foot PVC pipe
8 3/4” PVC side outlet elbow/3-way connector
2 3/4” PVC tee
2 3/4” PVC elbow
1 Hack Saw
1 Tape Measure
Cutting pipe with a hacksaw is easier than you might think. I was able to complete this project in about an hour.
Using your hack saw, cut your PVC into pieces according to this guide. Make sure to use a sharpie when marking your lengths.
Cut 2 – at 21”
Cut 5 – at 14-1/4”
Cut 4 – at 10”
Cut 2 – at 3-1/2”
Cut 4 – at 18-1/4”
Write the length inside of the pipe to make assembly even easier.
Assembly is easier than cutting;
PORTABLE and easy to store;
We love this sensory table because it is portable. When the children are done playing with the sensory table, it can be disassembled and stored in the container. This makes it easy to transport and store.
Time to play;
Here is what you will need: Dyed pasta (different varieties), muffin tins, ladles, spoons, measuring cups, ice cream scoop, and whatever else looks like fun to play with.
Let you children's imagination take them away. This kept my children busy for an hour (might have been more but they had to go to bed). They loved playing with the dyed pasta!
Here is what you will need: Dried pasta, food coloring, zip lock bags, and white vinegar.
1. Pour some pasta into the bag.
2. Pour in 2 cap fulls of vinegar into the bag.
3. Put about 15 drops of food coloring into the bag.
4. Close the bag and shake it for about 45 seconds.
5. Open the bag and fold back the top and let it dry overnight.
Here is what you will need: Glasses, water, food coloring, spoon.
1. Fill your glasses with different amounts of water.
2. Put several drops of food coloring into each glass.
3. Using the back of the spoon have your children gently tap the top of each glass.
4. Have your children "play" different songs, like "Twinkle, Twinkle" or "Jingle Bells".
What you need: White vinegar, baking soda, liquid dropper, food coloring, small dishes, and a large baking dish (or 2)
1. Put baking soda into a baking type dish and spread it out.
2. Pour a small amount of white vinegar into the small dishes.
3. Let your children put a drop or 2 of food coloring into the vinegar and gently shake it around to mix well.
4. Using the liquid dropper fill it with the vinegar solution and drop it into the baking soda and see what happens!
5. Then just let them play with it.....Spreading around the baking soda after it is all colored is really fun!!
Waterbeads are an excellent tool for sensory play as well as fine motor skills. We added some water beads to a pan and “swished” them around.
Waterbeads are a good way to introduce science into the curriculum. Children can observe the growth and change in water level as they grow. Our waterbeads started out clear. We added water colors to the water turning them blue and green.
For fine motor skills have children spoon the waterbeads into a jar.