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Why use a Sensory Table?

The sensory table is a great place for hands on activities for children. The possibilities for sensory table activities are endless! I have seen soil in the sensory table, and the children were able to add water when they wanted. There were also farm animals to play with in the “mud” that the children were making. I love to play in the sensory table along with the children because it brings back those memories of when I was younger and enjoyed getting messy without worry. There are several different reactions I have seen from children as they encounter the sensory table. Some children LOVE it. They will head straight towards the sensory table and won’t hesitate to stick their hands in whatever it holds. However, other children are skeptical and hesitant. I have even seen some that won’t dare put their hands in it. It all depends on the child, and that’s okay! It’s our job to encourage the sensory play and provide the opportunity.

Attached is a link explaining why sensory play is so important for preschoolers. It also provides other ideas in incorporating sensory play throughout the classroom! Just click on the link below that says, “A Handful of Fun”.

A Handful of Fun

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Gingerbread Time!

In the dramatic play area, the children worked hard at a “Bakery” to create gingerbread cookies. They pretended to mix, roll, cut, and decorate the dough. They put their cookies on a cookie sheet and used oven mitts to place the cookies in a pretend oven. It was a blast!

The materials used for this experience included:

  • gingerbread scented play dough
  • bowls
  • spoons
  • cookie cutters
  • rolling pins
  • cookie sheets
  • pretend oven
  • oven mitts
  • baker hats
  • aprons
  • buttons (to decorate cookie)

To extend on this experience, I want to add a cash register and more plastic baked goods to the dramatic play area so there play will take place more in the dramatic play area than the play dough table.

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