If you are looking for easy preschool sensory table ideas for your classroom, then I have 7 easy ways to use a sensory table with toddlers. I will also give you information on where to get a sensory table, or how to make a DIY sensory table yourself!
Toddler & Preschool Sensory Table Ideas
Sensory bins and sensory tables offer so many opportunities for learning, and toddlers and preschoolers love them too! Here are some of the most common questions teachers have about using sensory tables in the preschool classroom.
- What is a sensory table?
- Where can I find a sensory table?
- What do you put in a sensory table?
- Why is a sensory table important for preschool?
- What tools or toys can be used in sensory bins?
Where Can You Get a Sensory Table?
There are a number of online retailers that sell sensory tables designed specifically for classroom use. Here are some of the most popular models below.
IKEA Sensory Table
I found this table in the children’s department at IKEA (Flisat). It’s the perfect size for four preschool children and it was very affordable at only $50 USD compared to teacher supply stores.
DIY PVC Sensory Bin
Pictured at the top you can see our homemade sensory table using PVC. This bin cost less than $20 to make and was very quick and easy.
First, I purchased a Sterlite tub from a big box store. Then I purchased PVC pipe from my local home improvement store, this pipe is located in the plumbing department. I also had to purchase a PVC cutting tool, connecting pieces, and PVC glue.
Once I had gathered all my materials, it was just a matter of measuring the plastic tub, cutting the pipe, and using the connecting pieces and glue to assemble the table.
What do you put in a sensory table?
There are many different materials you can use to fill your sensory bins and sensory tables. I have compiled a list of my favorite sensory bin fillers for you here. Here are some great examples and fun ways to fill your sensory bins and tables:
Why is a sensory table important for preschool?
The educational benefits of sensory play are many. I have compiled a list of reasons why sensory play is important for you here.
Note: If you have students who put things in their mouths then you will want to use careful supervision or choose a different activity.
The Teaching Tribe
Having a sensory center is awesome! But let’s face it, a sensory center can’t make you a better teacher. The best place to discuss teaching best practices and get the support you need is in the Teaching Tribe. We have many printable lessons and on-demand video trainings to help you become the best teacher you can be! If you want to get on the waiting list for the Teaching Tribe, do it soon so you don’t miss the next open enrollment period!
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