We’ve been getting quite a few questions on sensory tables/bins etc. A sensory experience does NOT have to be in/on a table by any means. Any old container, bowl, box, etc. will work. Our contributors both have store bought and DIY tables. We also use a plastic storage tub often for these play experiences.
You can see our store bought table here… Store bought tableAnother great option here… Play At Home Mom Amazon Store
And our DIY here… DIY Table
Sensory play creates a wonderful hands-on experience. It gives children the chance to explore and experiment while benefiting in so many ways. It also can be used for any age with proper supervision. Here is one simple bin that we did recently…
My oldest daughter is an entertainer to say the least. She absolutely loves to have parties and play hostess, etc. She is a helper by nature and will drop everything she’s doing to lend a helping hand…even when often times they do not need one! LOL She is definitely going to be that friend you can call at 2:00AM to get you out of a jam. :-) She had a blast this summer with a colored rice bin that we used to make snow cones, ice cream, slushies, etc. I thought I would create a…
“Hot Chocolate Bin”
This is what I called it. However, my daughter had different plans.
Brown Aquarium Rocks
Pretend Cake Pieces
I also added some of her animals on the side. She often brings them into her play for her “parties”.
Scooping up the rocks with a spoon.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
POURING – DUMPING – LIFTING – CARRYING
“Would you like some cake with jelly beans on top?”
CREATIVITY – IMAGINATION
“I’m going to mix you up some nice hot apple cider”
She decided take out all the “props” that were in the sensory bin and put them in her side compartments.
SORTING – GROUPING – COUNTING, ETC.
Filling up cups.
“That’s too much. Let me take a little out so it doesn’t spill. It’s starting to get heavy, Mommy.”
EXPERIMENTATION – ENGINEERING – CONSTRUCTION ETC.
“I’m going to invite everybody to my party! Everybody is going to have hot cider and cake!” How come you’re so tall Mr. Giraffe? Are you all done? OK, when you come back tomorrow I’ll give you some more. Let me help you clean up. Now your plate will be all ready for tomorrow.”
SOCIAL SKILLS – SELF-ESTEEM
The options for sensory play are ENDLESS along with the learning opportunities.
For 50 Sensory Bin Ideas with pictures click HERE.