sensory table ideas

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  1. raisoncookie

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    Teachers at my school would like to see what other teachers have used in their sensory/water tables. The old standby water, ice cubes,rice, birdseed have become tiresome. Does anyone have new and creative ideas for the table?
     
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    soil, snow, sand, rice- colored with food coloring, swimming fish, magnets, leaves, shaving cream, ice, colored ice cubes, ice with frozen surprises inside. I cannot think of the others right now, but there are a ton I am forgetting. I also heard of another teacher lining her table with aluminum foil and then adding the water and maybe some glitter and it looks really cool
     
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    Here are some good links with other ideas
    http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/sensoryideas.html

    Also the second link on Google-search sensory table ideas looks good

    I cannot post the link because I use mozilla and it might not work for you.

    I love new ideas for the sensory table, it is one of my favorite centers!
     
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    fake snow make with ivory snow, crushed ice, liquid starch and alittle bit of ice. it lasted for 2 weeks and then I finally had to wash it out because I wanted to do something else---
     
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    corn starch and water
    dry/wet spaghetti- pasta
    bubble solution and bubble wands
     
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    sensory thanks

    WOW WOW WOW, FIRST LET ME SAY I AN OVERWHELMED AND SO GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE RESPONSES. WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP OF TEACHERS YOU ALL ARE. I HAD SO MANY I STARTED TO COPY THE IDEAS AND WHEN I SCROLLED DOWN I REALIZED PRINTING THEM OUT WOULD BE MORE EFFICIENT. I PLAN ON SHARING THESE IDEAS WITH MY FELLOW COWORKERS AS WE ARE NOW ASSIGNED A FEW DAYS A MONTH TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE ACTIVITIES ON THE 2 PLAYGROUNDS WE HAVE. IT IS NICE TO KNOW THAT I HAVE A PLACE TO COME TO WHEN SEEKING SOME NEW INPUT. TEACHERS RULE AND MY HATS OFF TO YOU ALL. PS IF YOU ARE NOT A TEACHER AND YOU JUST HAVE GREAT IDEAS FOR US THANK YOU TOO. RAISONCOOKIE
     
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    Try the OOEY GOOEY LADY! She's amazing. I have a full list of sensory ideas and art. There's baby oil and flour, homemade sand, clean mud, cocoa mulch, colored rock salt, chocolate playdoh, pumpkin playdoh, strawberry cake playdoh, flubber, rice, flour and water (when i do bread week), colored water (my kids loved to see what color it would be that day), glue and shaving cream(if you're able to use shaving cream), cornmeal, easter grass with bugs, salt/sugar with trucks as snow plows, bubble bags(hair gel in a ziplock with glitter sealed and taped shut. They can make designs in it). I think i have more I would have to find it in my paperwork.
     
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    Also, i mix paint with lots of soap so it bubbles up and the kids love it!
     
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    Cornmeal is my basic item. It acts just like sand.
     
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    PLEASE READ MY THANK YOU. IT IS MEANT FOR ALL
     
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    iS HER NAME LISA MURPHY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT?
     
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    I love love love the ooey gooey lady - Lisa Murphy.
     
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    I THINK I WENT TO A WORKSHOP OF HERS YEARS AGO I WILL HAVE TO LOOK UP HER WEBSITE THANK YOU
     
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    she used to teach in california and then moved to new york. She is a very good conference, I hope it was her you watched.
     
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    I have posted this on other threads. Hope it's helpful!

    This is what I have. I'm sure I got it from somewhere but I don't remember where:

    Ideas for Sensory Table

    1. Acorns
    2. Aquarium Rocks (alone or with water)
    3. Applesauce
    4. Autumn Leaves (hide a small pinecone, rocks, acorns, and plastic animals, etc)
    5. Baking Soda (add a little bit of vinegar for bubbling
    6. Beads (get beaded garland after Christmas)
    7. Beans (Various –Alone or mixed with pasta –Alphabet pasta is awesome)
    8. Bean Bag Filler
    9. Bird Seed
    10. Bows (various colors and sizes)
    11. Boxes and containers and lids to match
    12. Bread dough
    13. Bubble wrap
    14. Buckwheat
    15. Caps and lids
    16. Carpet Squares
    17. Cat food
    18. Cedar Pet Bedding
    19. Ceramic Tiles (smear with ketchup, jelly, peanut butter, etc and then brush off with toothpaste and toothbrush)
    20. Cereal, Various Dry
    21. Chow Mein Noodles
    22. Clay
    23. Clean Mud: Mix 1 roll white toilet paper, 1 bar grated Dove Soap, and warm water. Tear up the toilet paper into small pieces (great kid job). Put into big bowl with grated soap. Pour in water in small amounts while mixing paper and soap with hands. Add water until the mixture is the consistency of thick cool whip. The more you work with it, the softer it gets.
    24. Cloud Dough –Mix 8 parts flour to 1 part baby oil.
    25. Coffee Grinds (used then dried)
    26. Coffee and Grits
    27. Coins
    28. Cooked Spaghetti (add a little baby oil to keep from drying out)
    29. Corn Feed
    30. Corn, Dried –Husked or Not
    31. Cornmeal
    32. Cornmeal and Coffee grounds (equal parts)
    33. Cotton Balls
    34. Curling Ribbon (cut in one inch lengths)
    35. Dog food and biscuits (various shapes and sizes)
    36. Easter Grass (hide eggs or plastic bugs in it)
    37. Fake Gems
    38. Feathers
    39. Fingerpaint
    40. Flax
    41. Flour (alone or add water for a sticky mess –just coat the table and use with matchbox cars)
    42. Flowers, Plastic (add Styrofoam blocks and plastic pots) –alone or with potting soil
    43. Flower Petals, Real (get discards from florist)
    44. Flubber: Mix 2 cps white glue with 1 ½ C water and food coloring. Separately, Mix 4 tsp of Borax with 1 1/3 C of water. Mix two mixtures and knead until water is incorporated. WARNING _when dried will not come out of carpet, clothes or Hair. Blow it with straws and cut with plastic knives.
    45. Foam Soap
    46. Gelatin: Make up a box of Knox jello according to the directions on the box EXCEPT omit 1/2 a cup of the water called for. You can also add food coloring. Pour into a shallow container. Chill until set. When the jello is firm, pop it out of the container and cut into cubes. Add the cubes to your sensory table
    47. Glue- Smear around and let dry on hands and peel off
    48. Goop (cornstarch and water)
    49. Grits
    50. Hay (and farm animals)
    51. Ice, Various shapes and salt to sculpt with
    52. Ice Blocks (Made from water frozen in milk cartons) and colored rock salt
    53. Ice Cubes
    54. Icebergs (freeze bowls of waters –add blue food coloring if you wish and use in water with artic animals)
    55. Ivory Snow Flakes –Water
    56. Jellybeans
    57. Macaroni
    58. Mardi Gras Beads (and broken plastic kids necklaces) –cut with scissors, measure, etc
    59. Mud
    60. Nuts (Assorted)
    61. Oats
    62. Packing Peanuts (cornstarch kind – get them wet and see what happens)
    63. Paper Dots (From hole puncher)
    64. Pasta (various shape, color it)
    65. Peanuts still in shell
    66. Playdough (Use Favorite Homemade recipe)
    67. Pom Poms of varying sizes and colors
    68. Popcorn (kernels or popped)
    69. Potpourri
    70. Potato Flakes, Instant (use alone and then later add water to sculpt with)
    71. Potting Soil
    72. Powdered Milk
    73. Pudding
    74. Pumpkin Guts
    75. Rice (Plain or colored with food coloring –change the color for the holiday too –orange rice with dried black beans is great at Halloween, Green with “gold” rocks is good for St. Patrick’s)
    76. Rock Salt (alone or with table salt)
    77. Rocks
    78. Roll of Sod
    79. Salt (alone or with glitter or spices or rock salt)
    80. Salt Dough: Mix 4 cups salt and 1 Cup cornstarch. Add enough water to form a paste. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly
    81. Sand (plain and colored)
    82. Sand Dough: cups of sand, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water. Mix sand and cornstarch in saucepan. Stir in water. Heat mixture, while stirring. When thick, remove from heat and cool.
    83. Sawdust
    84. Scrap Fabrics of different textures
    85. Scrap Paper
    86. Scraps (odds and ends from various crafts –feathers, pom poms, paper etc)
    87. Shampoo (no tears kind)
    88. Shampoo Dough : Shaving Cream (alone or on top of water)
    89. Shredded Paper (great for hiding and hunting magnetic objects) (also let them experiment getting it wet) (add glue sticks for sculpture making)
    90. Silly Putty (Homemade: equal parts liquid starch and glue mix and let set overnight)
    91. Snow
    92. Soapy Water
    93. Softener salt
    94. Soybeans
    95. Squirrel Seed
    96. Straws of different lengths (you can let them cut them on one day and scoop or string the next)
    97. Styrofoam Peanuts
    98. Sugar (Plain or Colored)
    99. Sunflower Seeds
    100. Super Sand (equal parts cornmeal and coffee grinds)
    101. Super Sand II: equal parts of used, then dried coffee grounds, powdered milk, cornmeal and rice.
    102. Tissue Paper, Shredded or Large for tearing
    103. Toothpaste for squeezing and various toothbrushes
    104. Wheat (buy a farm store)
    105. Whip Cream
    106. Wrapping Paper (add bows and gift bags for stuffing)


    Water Table Fun

    Line with aluminum foil at bottom for shimmery effect
    Add liquid soap or bubbles and an eggbeater (Wash dolls and tea sets and cars)
    Add a different color of food color
    Add flavored extract
    Clean 1-liter soda bottles and the caps. With a drill (or awl), make 3 small holes in the
    bottom of the bottle. Fill will water and cover. When you unscrew the cap, the water
    comes out the bottle. When you tighten the cap, the water stays in the bottle.
    Line bottom with Aquarium gravel and add fish and catch them with nets
    Cut lily pads out of craft foam and add plastic frogs
    Add buttons and pick out with tweezers and sort

    Things For Water Table
    Balloons
    Corks
    Fish bait worms
    Floating Toys
    Nesting Cans
    Sand Toys
    Sponges
    Spools
    Squeeze Bottles (Honey bear, dressing, ketchup)
    Turkey Basters and eye droppers
    Watering Cans

    Things for Sand Table
    Chicken Bones for dinosaur digs
    Small things for burying –caps, jacks, marbles, rocks, game pieces, coins, buttons, etc

    Things For Both Water and Sand Table
    Aluminum Pie Pans
    Detergent Scoops
    Egg cartons
    Fake Gems
    Film Canisters
    Formula Scoops
    Funnels
    Ice tray
    Kitchen Gadgets
    Latex gloves for filling
    Little People and Animals
    Measuring Cups
    Medicine Droppers
    Muffin Pans
    Orange juice cans
    Ping pong balls
    Plastic Animals
    Plastic Lids
    Rocks (Paint some gold and pan for gold too)
    Seashells
    Soda bottles
    Spoons
    Straws
    Tea Set, Plastic
    Tongs (tweezers or clothespins too)
    Tupperware (small containers with lids)
    Yogurt cups
     
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    I went to ooey-gooey for the first time and found - ta da - a recipe for chocolate playdough! I just made it, and it smells delicious. It looks and feels creamy too. Chocolate playdough for Valentines week, mmmm.
     
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    Now don't eat it! HAHA I would be tempted to :D
     
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    THANKS AGAIN TO AN INCREDIBLE GROUP OF CREATIVE TEACHERS. I HAVE ENJOYED ALL THE IDEAS FROM SO MANY OF YOU. I AM TELLING ALL MY COWORKERS ABOUT THIS FORUM AND THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR ANSWERS. TEACHERS ROCK
     
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    IT WAS HER AND IT WAS 10 YEARS AGO WHEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAD A CHILDCARE BUSINESS IN I THINK CARLSBAD OR SOME OTHER BEACH AREA CITY. SHE IS GREAT AND ENERGETIC AND HAD ALOT OF GREAT IDEAS FOR OUTSIDE PLAY.
     
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    I used wrapping paper in mine during the holidays and let the kids cut the paper with scissors, they loved it.

    Right now we have macaroni that we dyed with food coloring in it and its nice but boring. How often do you all change out your tables?
     
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    I change my table as soon as I see the children getting bored with what's in there.
     
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    I change mine every week. If something is popular, I will bring it back at another time.
     
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    When I worked in Kansas my private facility was partnered with early headstart so we couldn't use anything food related which limited my options. If the kids really liked what I put in there I would change it every week. If I saw them getting bored or no one going over there to play I would change it right there or the next day. If it was water I obviously changed it everyday. Don't want my kids playing in dirty water. HAHA
     

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