Archive for Sensory Table

Super Eye Sensory Bins

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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This weeks theme is Super Eyes at Mikey’s School. When it came time to make the sensory bins I had to make a black EYED peas and googley Eyes sensory bin.
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And a Rainbow Pasta sensory bin. I make my rainbow pasta by adding 1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol to 1 pound of pasta and enough food coloring or liquid colors to get the color intensity I want.
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And here are some bins I have set next to the sensory bins with some nature items, bowls, funnels, measuring cups, and scoops.
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Predict, Measure and Pour

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

While searching for something to do on a boring morning at home. I came up with a simple project that was fun and completely free.
Here is what you will need:
something to pour- we used birdseed, rice would work, beans, waterbeads etc.
A container to keep your pouring material in
empty clean jars/ containers in different sizes, shapes and so on
a measuring cup or spoon
funnel to make pouring easier on small containers
a bin to contain it all or a table cloth/ mat something to make clean up easier for you

VARIATION:
Use a marker, rubber band, or washi tape to make a mark on the jar. Ask how many scoops to make it to that point? Then how many more to make it to the top?

We did this project outside. Just because I like doing projects like this outside it could easily be done inside. I had the kids predict how many scoops it would take to reach the top of each jar. These were all jars I had saved from around the house. Some were the same volume containers just in different shapes to fool the kids. We used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure and pour. The kids got better about predicting as we went on.

There is real learning going on in this simple, and fun activity. We talked about which bottle they thought would hold the most birdseed and which they thought would hold the least.

So what did they learn? They learned how to measure, how to make comparisons. How to make judgements based on prior knowledge and based on assumptions. They were also developing hand eye coordination all the while.

Have you ever done a similar project with your kids? What did you do and how did it go? Leave a comment I would love to hear about it.

Fossil Dig

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013


Materials Needed:
Play Sand
Dino Skulls from Safari LTD
Paint Brushes

Let the children excavate the dinosaur skulls with their brushes. They can gently rush away the sand to uncover the fossils hidden below.

Here are the dino skulls they are looking for
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Chicks, Nests, and Cereal Sensory Table

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

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Materials Needed:
Wheat Cereal from the dollar store
chicks or little birds from the dollar store
Natural wood blocks or twigs branches etc
moss from the dollar store
fake bird nests

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I love this sensory table. It was so simple and cheap to put together. Almost everything came from the dollar store.
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The kids enjoyed scooping and pouring the cereal and should a bit end up in someone’s mouth, no big deal, its edible!
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Scooping, pouring, and pretending is what this table is all about.
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Gardening Sensory Tub

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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Here is what you will need for this Sensory Table
Index Cards
Markers or Crayons or Colored Pencils
Popsicle sticks
Packing tape
Used Coffee Grounds (visit your local Starbucks they give you a big bag of grounds if you ask)
Seeds (I used seedpods from a tree outside my house)
A bin to hold it all
Optional: pots for planting

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This Sensory table was so easy to put together. I made the fruit and vegetable planter cards with the kids. I made them by cutting index cards in half. We then talked about what kinds of fruits and veggies they like. I then used packing tape and covered each index card completely. After completely covering each card I taped them to a Popsicle sticks.
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I went to the closest Starbucks and got a big bag of coffee grounds. The kids enjoyed playing with the fun texture amd they enjoyed planting the seeds and marking what they had planted.
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Variation: Use real seeds and seed envelopes

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