We were inspired by the vibrant colors of summer, so we decided to bring some of those outdoor colors inside for some sensory table play.
Grouping together items of a particular color, or shade variations of a color, make a fascinating activity for explorative play. These tables are equally as fun to make as they are for your little ones to play with! Try making one at home.
- Find a container...any plastic bin will do, but we recommend something that isn't too deep, as the point is to make these objects visible. An under-the-bed storage container is ideal.
- Fill container with similar shades of colored objects. Start by looking in your sewing/craft box for samples of color. Lace, ribbon, pom poms, feathers, and fabric are all great items to start with. Then check your child's toy box. Look for the color of choice in your child's cars, blocks, game pieces, balls, bowls, plastic action figures...etc. The options are limitless!
Children love looking at all the items inside the table, you will be surprised at how long this entertains them! For older children, we recommend taking photographs of each individual item before placing it in the table. Print the pictures and use them as flash cards to play a game of "I Spy" with your child. Rotate the colors of your sensory table weekly to add interest for your child. You can even try silver, gold, or rainbow themed sensory tables to add another level of challenge.
Try offering your child bowls, jars, or containers to collect materials and give tongs, spoons, scoops or measuring cups to play with the materials. If using lightweight materials, you can offer contact paper tapes to a table, kitchen appliance or floor to make a beautiful collage of the materials.
Below are close-up photos of our individual sensory tables to get a better look at the fun, diverse and colorful items we chose for our collection. We hope you find inspiration to create a unique, playful color palette from the random toys, items and materials you collect in your own home!