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  1. clarnet73

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    What do you put in your sensory table at the BEGINNING of the year? (The base material, not necessarily the add-ins... I tend to keep a base material for a few weeks and change out the props, depending on theme)

    Something familiar, like sand or water? Something they can't make a mess with, since they aren't as good with the procedures yet?
     
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    I like to do water because it isn't messy! Also, I think the warm, sudsy water is very soothing for them and keeps them calmed down. I just hate "noisy" stuff in my table, like corn. It drives me nuts. Sand is "ok," but it is quite messy. Shaving cream is nice, but there is always the risk of some kids rubbing it in their eyes if they are not accustomed to such things. I only allow 2 at my table at a time.
     
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    Week 1 is rainbow rice (colored with liquid water colors). Week 2 is clear water. Weeks 3-4 are colored water (red day, blue day, yellow day...) with matching scoops, bowls, toys, etc. Week 5 is feed corn to pick kernels off the cobs. Week 6 is cornmeal. I usually try to vary my base material every week. I'll bring back popular materials throughout the year.
     
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    I have pinto beans in my sensory table for the first two weeks.
     
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    I mix it up everyday. Since we have to clean and sanitize the sensory table every day anyway. Plus it gets boring having the same thing in the table everyday.
     
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    I put "sensory balls" in my sensory table: cush balls, stretchy balls, those balls squeeze and things pop out, those balls with pokie things coming out of them.

    There's no mess and little instructions aside from don't throw them. That may be a good idea for the first week.

    I found a lot of those balls at The Dollar Tree.
     
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    I am a fan of cornmeal. It is messy, but better than flour or sand.
     
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    I have had sand in mine for a while, that I spray with plain water everydat til now it's like beach sand so it's not nearly as messy, and I jsut made discovery bottles with my class and put the extra rice in a small (like the next size up from a shoebox size) rubbermaid bin, with some of the leftovers from the discovery bottles. One child at a time uses it and it has been a big hit.
    They get excited everytime they find an object! I have used clean mud (ivory soap flakes mixed with crushed ice, clean (obviously) ripped up toilet paper, and cold water. It actually lasted for two weeks before i had to trash it. Plain water, colored rice, colored pasta noodles, (add strings for them to make necklaces),shredded paper with different colored erasers or different shaped erasers, have all been big hits.
     
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    This year, for the first few weeks my table is full of over 1000 bouncy balls. Along with accessories that go with them.

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    Next, I'll put in the drinking straws that have been cut into segments.

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    I have craft pom poms in the sensory table for the 1st couple of weeks. I include tongs & bottles for children to pick up the pom poms and drop them in the bottles. It's good for fine motor & not messy. I leave the same sensory table as long as the children are interested in it. When they get bored, I change it. They usually are interested for a couple of weeks.

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    Oooooooh I love the straws and the pompoms! Cool ideas!!!

    I was going to suggest dried beans like butterbeans or pintos.
     
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    Do you cut all of the straws yourself?
     
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    I'll keep lentils in my table for a long while. I'm new to this school and there's not a collection of sensory table "stuff". So I'll replace as my budget allows. I may end up with lentils until a put in corn in Oct.

    At my old school we would start with lentils and keep them for a few weeks. Then it was usually beans or water play.

    I love the idea of straws and balls.
     
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    YES. About 2,000 straws cut into 5-7 segments each. The kids love them.
     
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    I'm going to the Dollar Store to buy straws!!!! ANd balls, and more pompoms! And beans, and anything else I see!!! Your ideas are awesome!!! That's why i love it here! :p
     
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    Don't get all of your straws at one store. I found that each store has their own distinct color assortment of straws. Wal-Mart, Kroger, Dollar Tree, Meijer, Target, all have different varieties.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas and advise!
     
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    I just ordered balls from oriental trading! I can't wait to put them in my table. At the end of last year we were told no more sand, water or dirt so I need to come up with more ideas. I love being in the public school system but sometimes they forget that we are the pre k hallway!
     
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    Just curious where you get your corn feed from and if the childrne are able to pick the kernales off themselves? Thanks!

     
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    Educ8or...I usually get feed corn at Wal-Mart, sold as corn for squirrels. The children love picking the kernels off, some easily, some have to work at it. I save the kernels for another sensory table filler, or fill pantyhose legs with some for bungee painting. Another great material at Wal-Mart is the ground corn cob litter for small pets. It resembles gravel but no dust.
     
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    I get my feed corn from local farmers! Gotta love living in central pa! Most of my threes have to work at getting it off, but they love it. We paint with the cornless cobs when they are empty!
     

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