Young children learn by using their senses. A sensory table helps them to do just that in a safe setting. These tables are also perfect if you have a child with autism. First you will need a large tote with a lid. This is going to be used for your table. They work best if you put it up on legs off some kind so the child can stand at the table. You can purchase tables that are made specifically for this as well. I suggest changing out what is in your table at the start of every month. Place a tablecloth or sheet underneath the table for easy cleanup. These get messy, but that is half the fun.
You can set up your table based on the season or holiday that is going to happen that month. Here are several ideas of items you can place in the table:
- Paper and safety scissors
- Water and toy boats
- Artificial flowers
- Colored Poms
- Packing Peanuts
- Easter eggs and grass
- Christmas wrapping paper and bows
Use your imagination and come up with your own ideas. When you put these items in the table, also add items the children can use to play with the assorted stuff. You will want to use measuring cups, shovels, buckets, eye droppers (for liquids), and anything you can think of that they can use their imagination to play and have fun. You can bury things such as dog bones, bouncy balls, or jacks in the table. The kids can search to see if they find the hidden items. The children love these activities and will learn a lot from using their senses. Show them when an item has a special scent that they can smell of it. Let them have fun and enjoy themselves! Sensory tables are a wonderful learning tool for your children.