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Contact_FullName: Heidi

Contact_Email: hroggenbuck@yahoo.com

date:: 1/20/02

Area: Sensory

Idea:

When coloring rice or noodles for the sensory table, use Liquid Watercolor from Discount School Supply. It's relatively inexpensive, goes a long way, makes BRIGHT colors and dries easily. Simply put the rice or noodles into a Ziploc bag. Add desired amount of liquid water color, squish around in bag until color is evenly distributed. Lay out to dry if necessary. This has worked much better for coloring rice and noodles for me! Also works well for coloring play-doh!


Name:
Carrie
 
carriepierce59@hotmail.com

3-12-01

Fill your table with water and antibacterial soap. Add sponges, dishes from housekeeping, and lots of towels. My students had lots of fun practicing washing and drying dishes.


Name:
Susan
Email:
sglennon1@aol.com

2-20-01

Rainbow Rice - I purchase regular dry white rice in bulk. Divide it up into Ziploc bags. Add a different color food coloring to each baggie. Zip shut very tightly and knead the bag to distribute the color throughout the rice. Add more coloring if needed. I use good quality food coloring (like Wilton) in a variety of colors - you can go "pastel" or "bright"! Then lay the rice out on a cookie tray or something like that to let it dry. Put the Rainbow Rice in the water/sand table with a variety of tools - buckets, spoons, small cars, etc. If you don't have a sand table, just put the rice in a large flat storage box, place on a big blanket for easy cleanup and let the kids have fun. My children love this activity!


Name:
Kitty
Email:
CLayster@AOL

2-20-01

We have labeled our sensory table "The mystery table". We change out materials on a regular basis. Some ideas include: rice; fall leaves and soil with block play woodland animals (autumn); rice and black beans (Halloween), corn feed with a large and a small rock for crushing corn (Thanksgiving); oiled brown paper bag in water with basters (Thanksgiving); wrapping paper, small boxes, ribbon and tape (Christmas/Hanukah); Large block of ice floating in water ("iceberg"-winter), shaving cream, soil with child sized gardening tools or rubber snakes, insects, etc; ice with rock salt and jars of liquid water color and eyedroppers. Possibilities are endless!


Name:
Suzanne
Email:
STarlton1@msn.com

1-15-01

We've tried several different items in our sensory table (which we call the "discovery table"). One of the best is straws of all different shapes and sizes. At first, the kids like to simply scoop and pour them. Then we started hiding things in them. Then we started stringing them together. Finally, we cut them using scissors (tied to the table's legs so they wouldn't get buried). My kids have been known to use these straws for nearly a month without ever becoming tired! Another great item is bean-bag filler (the little Styrofoam balls you put inside beanbag chairs). We've used this like snow, and recently threw in some metal-lined transparent chips that come with magnetic kits. We then used magnetic wands and poles to go "ice-fishing". The kids loved it--they really had to be quiet and listen for the "fish" to "bite" (the chips make a small noise when it is attracted to the magnet and the filler is a quiet "white noise"). Usually you can find huge bags of the filler at Wal-Mart or Meijer for about $10--and you only need half a bag!


Name:
Linda
Email:
paul.miller@sjsd.k12.mo.us

12-27-00

At Christmas, put a small artificial Christmas tree, garland, plastic ornaments, etc. into your sand/water table. The children have fun decorating and redecorating the Christmas tree.


Contact_FullName:
Michelle
Contact_Email:
mwatkins@ipa.net

11-7-00

Put fall leaves in your sensory table, and then put plastic bugs, snakes, spiders, and/or the rubbery fishing lures (no hooks, of course). There are worms, lizards, crawfish, and minnow shapes. The children love to dig in the leaves for these items.


Contact_FullName:
Pepsi LaCamp
Contact_Email:
User953782@aol.com

11-5-00

My preschool uses a lot of different ideas, we use pom-pom and use tongs to separate colors and sizes. We use package peanuts and hide things to find, things hidden have to do with the theme were working on. We also use Easter grass. Plastic Eggs to match. Rice, Beans, coffee grinds, macaroni, dirt, scrap paper to cut or tear, oats, corn, and shaving cream with food coloring to teach color concepts or science of mixing colors. Good luck, Its so much fun to make changes, the children look forward to it.


Contact_FullName:
Angelia
Contact_Email:
Ahasselman@aol.com

10-16-00

While doing exploration of the different types of corn, I placed feeder corn in the water table. I "shucked" some of the corn and also placed some "unshucked" ears into the water table. The kids loved "shucking", scooping, and measuring the corn and it was a fun and different type of sensory activity in the water table.


Contact_FullName:
Jane
Contact_Email:
jwhjah@bmts.com

10-7-00

We just completed our fall unit and we put wheat in the sand table. We put farm animals and the tractors, etc. in with them. The children loved it and it was easier to clean up than sand. We bought a 40 pound bag at our local farm store for $6.


Contact_FullName:
Kathy
Contact_Email:
kat3668@aol.com

10-6-00

For a new spin on regular water table play try lining the bottom of your water table with aluminum foil! It adds a cool shimmer to the water and the kids love it! You can add rocks, beads (Christmas tree garland type) and other various items. Be creative! Have fun!


Contact_FullName:
Kathy
Contact_Email:
KAengel@aol.com

9-17-00

Everyone has plastic counting bears, they float in your water table! To add math, fine motor and science, I have large plastic tweezers (the kind that come in the Bed Bugs Game) and cups. The children pick up the bears with the tweezers and put them in the cups. The children use all kinds of number words, counting, and are really strengthening their little hands for writing.


Contact_FullName:
Karen
Contact_Email:
KJC530@aol.com

9-4-00

In the sensory table mix shaving cream and a bag of ice.


Contact_FullName:
Debra
Contact_Email:
debrab@ymcaboise.org

9-1-00

In the spring, we purchase a roll of sod and lay it out in the sensory table. Add spray bottles with water so the children can "water the indoor lawn" and scissors to cut the grass. Animals and People are a great addition also. The children love to care for the grass, watch it grow, trim it and the feel is great.


Contact_FullName:
Wendy
Contact_Email:
wendro@mail.com

8-15-00

Freeze large empty containers full of colored and clear water. When frozen, put them in the sensory table with a few small containers of colored rock salt (1/4 c. rock salt mixed with Liquid water color--Discount school supply has it--microwave for 1-2 minutes). Let them discover (without you telling them what to do or what will happen!) what happens with the two ingredients! Also, colored rice can be made much more easily with the liquid water color, too. It requires virtually no drying time, and is non toxic and non-staining. Other sensory tub ideas: shaving cream, real clay with cups of water, cornmeal with all sorts of recycled stuff--plastic food containers, etc., birdseed, black and white beans mixed, Styrofoam with water--the possibilities are endless:-)


Contact_FullName:
Lynne
Contact_Email:
Mrslynne@aol.com

7-18-00

We filled our sensory table with packing peanuts. The kind that are made of cornstarch. We add pails, shovels, and measuring scoops. When the novelty of this has worn off we add a small amount of water to these, the peanuts become sticky and the children can mold them into many shapes! Much fun for everyone!


Contact_FullName:
Elissa
Contact_Email:
vinci93@hotmail.com

7-16-00

Go to a nursery and ask them for polymer crystals. take about a cup full and put them in the bottom of the water table, add water. Let it sit for a while (sometimes over night is good). They turn into a neat feeling Jell-O form. Add water colors After it is ready for different colors. The children love the feel. Add animals etc.


Contact_FullName:
Glenda
Contact_Email:
mkaufman@family-net.net

7-13-00

Put all of your unwanted scrap construction paper in the sensory table with a couple pairs of children's scissors. They will tear, snip and cut at their developmental level.


Contact_FullName:
Glendam
Contact_Email:
mkaufman@family-net.net

7-13-00

Get ears of shell corn from a local farmer or feed store. Let each child shuck and shell an ear of grain corn. It's great fine motor and lots of fun. After each child shells an ear of corn into the sensory table, there's enough to play in. The empty cobs can be used for art projects. (In the fall grain corn is very hard and dry, not soft like sweet corn.)


Contact_FullName:
robin
Contact_Email:
robinv@delanet.com

7-9-00

I put old magazine pages inside and tie scissors to each corner. The kids get to practice their fine motor skills and love it. It works best with 2-3yrs, but even the 4's and 5's like it.


Contact_FullName:
Kathy
Contact_Email:
 

7-9-00

In our sensory table we added unflavored Gelatin and the children injected food coloring into the Gelatin. ( We use medicine droppers). The children enjoyed see the colors penetrating the gelatin.


Contact_FullName:
Kim
Contact_Email:
m1ssk1mmy@aol.com

6-12-00

Some ideas we have used & enjoyed include: colored pop corn seeds, split peas, cheerios, frozen peas & carrots ( on a hot afternoon), poker chips, & potato flakes. I save large clear container such as mouthwash containers so the kids can fill and then screw and unscrew the large lids. The black microwave meal trays are also the perfect size and color to fill and observe in.


Contact_FullName:
Megan
Contact_Email:
mhillary@yahoo.com

6-4-00

When doing various units with the sensory table we just use the regular things like sand, rice, corn etc... But then we put in various items like Zoo we put Zoo animals in along with the rice. For colors like blue we put blue things in along with the sand etc...


Contact_FullName:
Megan
Contact_Email:
mhillary@yahoo.com

6-4-00

For our snow unit we used white cotton balls in the sensory table. The 2's&3's sometimes liked to experience the tasting of the snow or really get rough with the items in the table, so the cotton balls worked well, cotton balls were also used for our clouds.


Contact_FullName:
Kathryn
Contact_Email:
FlynnPhillips@home.com

5-31-00

Rock Garden - Collect many different rocks (Thundereggs, pumice, agate, crystal, obsidian, river rock or slate). Place an inch and a half of water in the sensory tub. Place the rocks in the tub. Provide scrub brushes and dry towels. This is best done outdoors in the sun. The rocks quickly dry in the sun. My children love to see the colors come alive with the water. I use this with my dinosaur unit.


Contact_FullName:

Barbara

Contact_Email:

timminsrrb@netzero.net

idea

We can't use playground sand in the church our preschool is in, so we make "SuperSand" out of coffee and cornmeal.


Contact_FullName:

Andi

Contact_Email:

andiruch@yahoo.com

4-15-00

I bought several Rubbermaid shoe box size containers when it was suggested at a conference to use salt as an alternate to sand at the sensory table, after a few days it got old for the kids so I took three cups of sand in a Ziploc bag and added 10 drops of food coloring and mixed it around until the salt was colored. The kids love it, we now have six colors that we have used for sensory play and lots of art projects. We will eventually mix it all together for a rainbow effect, but for almost a month they have kept it separated and only one child has tried to eat it!


Contact_FullName:

Vanessa

Date: 4-10-00

 

area

Sensory area

A great dry activity for the sensory area is shredded paper. Most businesses are willing to give it away. The children love to hide toys in it and most of all, wear it on their heads.


Contact_FullName:

Patsi Johnson

Contact_Email:

antbunny7@hotmail.com

Date: 3-11-00

Use cooked spaghetti in your water table. You can color it according to your theme for the week. I used a little rubbing alcohol along with food coloring to color the spaghetti. I then put a little bit of baby oil to keep the spaghetti from drying out. It also let the children's hands soft and smelling great! They had a blast! Don't forget the tongs, bowls, etc.


Contact_FullName:

Michelle

Contact_Email:

imsosmrt@juno.com

Date: 3-8-00

One of the most fun things we have done this year in our sensory table is to have different colored and sized pom-poms, mini muffin tins and tongs. We thought we were providing a sorting activity and the children surprised us by 'baking' delicious muffins for us. We tool their cue and read "The Muffin Man" and did a unit in baking!


Contact_FullName:

Kara

Contact_Email:

fehring@wans.net

Date: 3-6-00

I glue magnets onto cardboard shapes and have fishing poles made from rulers (pole), pipe cleaners (line), and another magnet glued on the end. The kids fish for whatever theme we have. Planets, stars, fish, colored shapes etc.


Contact_FullName:

Laura

Contact_Email:

bossomk001@hawaii.rr.com

Date: 2-26-00

In my 4-year old class we try something new in our sensory table each week. The children's favorite so far is colored rice, but when talking about animals they enjoyed: feathers, birdseed with plastic Easter eggs, peanuts (real peanuts) with zoo animal figures, various shapes of dog biscuits, hay and cedar bedding. During transportation week we used trucks and sand, packing peanuts and cotton balls to simulate clouds, and water for boats.


Contact_FullName:

Kathy

Contact_Email:

XbrandKX#aol.com

2-16-00

Sensory Table Turn your sensory table into a "bubble factory". Fill with water. Add lots of soap {AJAX dishwashing liquid is the best} Add a variety of bubble makers: berry baskets, toilet paper tubes, bubble wands, straws, bowls, eggbeaters and some turkey basters. Encourage children to experiment with the different ways to make bubbles. Have them wear smocks and cover the floor with an old sheet. Big fun!


Contact_FullName:

Patricia

Contact_Email:

prpeace@eclipse.net

Date: 2-2-00

Two different ideas: Fill your sensory table with 2-3 inches of warm water. Add two large blocks of ice and turkey basters. Watch the chemical change of ice melting into water! Washable watered tempura or food coloring (will stain) can be added. Another fun idea is to use aquarium nets to "fish" with. Sink and float items are great to fish for. Don't forget the ping pong balls!


Contact_FullName:

Tami

Contact_Email:

joys@radix.net

Date: 1-30-00

We keep various sensory motor, "touch" tables stored to use often. We purchased 16x34x4" clear-plastic "Rubbermaid" tubs with lids. Our preschoolers enjoy the "measuring table" which has flour, measuring cups, measuring spoons, sifters, etc. to practice their measuring skills. Another favorite is our "rock quarry" in which blue-chip stones have been washed and stored in the container with hand-sized dump trucks, dozers, backhoes, etc. Another favorite is the "pasta table" in which just about any size, shape and color of pasta has been placed inside for the children to explore.


Contact_FullName:

Adriane Logan

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Date: 1-27-00

In our sensory table at preschool, we have included buttons (there is so much to learn from them ... especially from the seconds!) We also have included small gourds for Halloween and colored cotton balls. In the Spring, we put coffee grounds in our sensory table and we give each child some plastic plants to "plant in the soil." They have a blast!


Contact_FullName:

Mike

Contact_Email:

Bents416@aol.com

Date: 1-24-00

The children have been interested in snow lately. I put cotton balls and glitter snow in the sensory table, along with shovels, cups and various other items. They have been in there for three weeks now. The children love it!


Contact_FullName:

Janet

Contact_Email:

missjanet59@yahoo.com

Date: 12-21-00

Dry beans of many colors are great, with an egg carton that has been numbered 1-12 in each egg compartment. Children will be encouraged to count out beans to put in corresponding "cup", beans can be sorted by color, size, or just play in. Beans also provide an relaxing sound when a handful is dropped from a few inches above container. Add Rubbing alcohol to beans, rice, or sand and stir, the alcohol will prevent bugs, and sanitize, too! Rice can be colored with several drops of food coloring, then mixed well.


 

Contact_FullName:

Tracy

Contact_Email:

tracyf@home.net

Date: 1-19-00

Try making a rainbow of color! I take uncooked rice and divide it up into different bowls. I then add one package of kool-aid and enough water so that the rice soaks up the color. I then place it on cookie sheets and warm it in the oven to help it dry faster. I then leave it out until it is hard and not sticky (usually overnight, depends on how much water you use.) When I pour it into the sensory bin I make rows side by side of all the different colors, like a rainbow. The kids love the bright colors and they great smell. We add scoops and pails etc. so they can mix it and pour it. The more you play with it the more the smell comes out!!


 

Contact_FullName:

Erika

Contact_Email:

Cricket2277@hotmail.com

10-17-00

Multi colored curling ribbon cut into small 1 inch pieces. The children love this because it is very colorful. Then to extend this you can place plastic bugs or animals in it. My class really loves when I place the small colored jewels in it. I got them in the fish department at the pet store. This activity is great for kids 3 and up, like always please watch the children.


Contact_FullName:

Peg

Contact_Email:

Psteach45@aol.com

Date: 1-11-00

A slight variation on someone else's great idea. Fill the water table with snow. Place 4 containers with different colored water in the corners. Paint the snow!


Contact_FullName:

Kathy

Contact_Email:

Jennings01@earthlink.net

Date: 1-11-00

Sensory gloves: Add playdough or rice into a latex glove. Tie the top and watch them squish!


Contact_FullName:

Rebekah Anderson

Contact_Email:

rslba@aol.com

Date: 1-9-00

Sand/Water table ideas 1. Put sand in the table and land vehicles 2. Put water in the table and boats 3. Put shaving cream in the table and space stuff.


Contact_FullName:

H.Marie

Contact_Email:

Twisted_candi@hotmail.com

Date: 1-9-00

Due to the unnecessary purchase of two 20 pound bags of ice for Y2K emergency, I simply emptied our sand table, and poured in the ice! Just in time for "P" week, where the PENGUINS & POLAR bears live in the ICE!


Contact_FullName:

Tabitha

Contact_Email:

tabithamitchell@aol.com

Date: 1-7-00

I put a toy barn in my sensory table, complete with tractors, farm animals and farmers. Then I add cracked corn and hay. The kids love pulling the corn in the tractors, and hiding the animals in the hay!


Contact_FullName:

Betsy

Contact_Email:

betsy_brummett@yahoo.com

Dater: 1-6-00

Add latex gloves to the water table. Cut sections of plastic tubing in 18" sections. Kid will put the end of the tubing in the glove and hold on tight. Then blow through the other end. The gloves which are 1/2 full with water will grow and grow. I do this with 4's and 5's. They love it. (add a little bleach to the water)


Contact_FullName:

Laure

Contact_Email:

patrickfam@msn.com

Date:  1-5-00

Place aquarium rock in the sensory table. This works best if you have enough aquarium rocks to hide the special rocks underneath. Add a variety of unusual polished rocks. (Local rock and mineral shows are great places to get inexpensive bags of polished rock.) Give the children various containers to collect the rocks. Also, scoopers, rakes and magnifying glasses.


Contact_FullName:

Sue

Contact_Email:

molly@mcsi.net

1-3-00

Fill the water table with cornstarch packing peanuts and add cups, spoons, scoops, etc for the children to explore with. Later give them small spray bottles with colored water and see what happens to the pellets (they will curl and shrivel, stick together, turn into paste.). They can be sculpted and molded, too. This lasted a good two weeks in my classroom.


Contact_FullName:

Miriam Torres

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Date: 12-11-99

Have your water table full and have the children sit in front of the table so they can watch. have the children take turns putting drops of food coloring in the water. Have them call out the name of the color that appears in the water so they can learn the colors and they can learn how to mix them to get other colors. It will also help them learn the primary colors. If you really want to have fun put bubble bath in the water so you get colored bubbles. Have a colorful time!!


Contact_FullName:

Tamara

Contact_Email:

cougar43@hotmail.com

12-6-99

Cut various lengths of yarn, ribbon of any sort, add small berry baskets, or, small mats of large holed needle point squares, and even let them weave up their masterpiece!


Laurice

 

elais@arex.xom

Date: 12-4-99

Have Styrofoam in the sensory table cut in little pieces until they look like tiny balls. Add a variety of objects such as shapes, animals, and other toy materials. Hide the objects underneath the Styrofoam and allow children to search for them. If you put light weighted objects too, children will notice that they stay more on top than the other ones. Have Fun!!!


Contact_FullName:

Carol

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idea

I filled my sensory table with pinecones, dry leaves, acorns and small stones. Then I hid lots of small rubber bugs, snakes, frogs and lizards in it and left a couple magnifying glasses. It was a big hit for several days.

Date: 11-17-99


Contact_FullName:

kelly

Contact_Email:

kelisu@aol

idea

I use L'Oreal kids shampoo in my water table it comes in lots of great smells and the best part no tears if it gets in their eyes.

Date: 11-14-99


Contact_FullName:

Courtney

Contact_Email:

sidonzo@bellsouth.net

idea

I like to keep sand in shallow Tupper-ware containers with lids. I put all of the various shovels, cups, cars, etc. in the container too. They store easily in closets and I can just pull them out and let the kids start playing. To clean up, just put everything back in the box and put on the lid!

Date: 11-13-99


Contact_FullName:

Amy

Contact_Email:

jhnag@aol.com

idea

To do this activity, you will need: 8 containers that film comes in, 2 rubber bands, 2 cotton balls, 2 paper clips, and 2 super balls. Place one object in each container. Place all of the containers on a table. Have a child shake the containers and match them by the way they sound.

Date: 11-6-99


Contact_FullName:

Dhana

Contact_Email:

dhana1@aol.com

idea

What can you do with those large Styrofoam chunks that frequently come with anything sold in a box? I break it into different shapes, supply popsicle sticks and let my children build boats to float in the water table! They always float and provide hours of discovery.

Date: 10-31-99


Contact_FullName:

Teresa

Contact_Email:

felter@edge.net

idea

I keep different color rice in my sand and water table. The children love it .I also add all kinds of little of trinkets such as measuring cups, water wheels, cars and the list goes on.

Date: 10-31-99


Contact_FullName:

Betsie

Contact_Email:

TashaPlus4@AOL

idea

Make Goop (cornstarch and water). Mix to desired consistency. Add some black paint and plastic spiders, skeletons, and it has become Halloween activity. We have the children wear paint shirts but you can expect their nails to be slightly stained for a day of two. I know mine has been.

Date: 10-31-99


Contact_FullName:

Barbara

Contact_Email:

MrsBAS@webtv.net

idea

If you live in a seasonal area, dry colored leaves are a wonderful change for the sensory table during Autumn. My preschoolers love the crinkly crunchy sound and the smell is great too! :0)

Date: 10-21-99


Contact_FullName:

stacey

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idea

At the beginning of the school year I put magazine pictures in the sensory table. The children then go over to "make their finger muscles stronger" by tearing the pictures.

10-19-99


 

Contact_FullName:

Pat

Contact_Email:

Pfull714@aol.com

idea

During the last 2 weeks of October, I fill my sensory table with black beans or black sunflower seeds and add small plastic orange pumpkins. The kids enjoy the usual measuring and pouring but it gives a festive look!

Date: 10-17-99


Contact_FullName:

patty

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