We have a sensory table in our Ready to Read Center (we open the storytime room for play whenever we are not using it for programming). I definitely have to think differently for the library than I do in my preschool classroom when it comes to what I can put in a sensory table. I have written a few posts about "library friendly" sensory table ideas, and I realized this one would be perfect for Flannel Friday. It was easy to make and has a lot of play value.
We had a large piece of brown felt, so I cut it into strips. At first I had very long pieces (fewer pieces equals less mess, right?), but the long pieces bunched up into one large pile--not much digging satisfaction there. So I cut the strips 12" to 18" long. I made many worms of different lengths and colors--great for sorting and comparing.
|A not-so-great picture of my worms. They are much more fun than they look.|
|A fellow staffer painted some beautiful story stones for us, so I always try to include some of those in the sensory table.|
I couldn't have added enough flowers! They decorate every area of our Ready to Read Center right now. I was surprised and delighted to find that the flowers stand up in the dirt. A few pots and tools, and our garden was complete!
We use the Step2 brand "Naturally Playful Sand Table" as a sensory table. It is shallow but durable and has a cover. We have two of them, and they have worked out very well for us.