Are you looking for a list of items you can add to your sensory table? You've come to the right spot! A sensory table or bin can be used for much more than than just scooping and pouring! It can be transformed into a vessel for children to explore all of their senses, nature and the world around them.
If you are short on space, a sensory table can be interchanged with a single bin or bowl set on a low table or the floor. Rather than a bin, you can create a sensory invitation using a tray or basket that you place on table or shelf. Smaller items can be added to childproof bottles, and tubes for younger children to explore safely.
A search on the internet for a DIY sensory bin will yield many low cost DIY options. You can easily build one from PVC piping, or simply cut a hole in low table (such as a coffee table) and slip a plastic bin inside.
Another low cost option is the table from IKEA. It's small lightweight size is great for home childcare providers with smaller spaces. The two trofast bins inside the table can be removed and stored, and the covers it comes with allow the table to be used for table top activities.
More options for sensory bins include a Baby Bath, Large Plastic Bowl, Inflatable Pool
or Dish Pan
Make clean up a breeze by adding a plastic tablecloth, shower curtain, sheet, drop cloth, butcher paper, newspaper, washable rug or mat under the table/bin. Keep a small hand broom, and dustpan near by and teach the children how to sweep with it. Keep old towels nearby for easy clean up as well.
Fill your bin with a base and include tools that will allow children to manipulate the base. These objects can also be used to improve skills such as fine motor skills, sorting, etc.
materials to use as a base
Tools to add to your sensory table/bin
Explore touch! Add a variety of different tools and textured items to explore the concepts of smooth, rough, soft, and bumpy etc.
Invite children to explore their sense of sight! Add objects and tools that allow them to explore colors, and light!
Add items and tools that allow the children to explore sounds!
Invite children to explore items that can be found in nature!
Explore the properties of liquids!
What's your favorite base or tool to add to your sensory table?
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