Sensory tables can be a lot of fun for preschoolers; however, you can’t always use the same materials in a toddler sensory table as you would in a preschool sensory table. Common sensory table fillers like popcorn, rice, and packing peanuts are choking hazards to toddlers. So, let’s take a look at some appropriate sensory table fillers and activities for toddlers.
Sensory Table Fillers for Toddlers
Besides the obvious – sand or water – here are some safe sensory table fillers:
||Large Pom-Pom Balls
||Items from Nature
Sensory Table Activities for Toddlers
Here are some ideas for sensory table fun:
Hide and Seek in Bubble Foam – Make Bubble Foam with this recipe. Hide objects (toy cars, foam letters, etc.) in the bubble foam, and let children find the objects.
Car Wash – Provide soapy water and let children wash the toy cars. (You can also do an Animal Wash or Wash Dishes).
Rainbow Spaghetti – Cook spaghetti. Once drained and cooled, add a small (very small) amount of oil and toss. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix well. Lay spaghetti out on parchment paper to dry for about 1 hour. Put in sensory table for enjoyment!
Gardening Sensory Table – Include potting soil, child friendly gardening tools, plastic pots, pretend flowers – allow children to work with the tools to dig, fill pots, etc. Best if used outside.
Fruit Loop Color Sorting and Play – Fill sensory table with fruit loops and provide cups for children to sort by color. Also include spoons, shovels, bowls, etc.
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