Today, thanks to a post by Fairy Dust Teaching, I discovered a new-t0-me blog that is causing me to re-think what a sensory table activity could look like! The blog is by Teacher Tom Bedard (not to be confused with the Teacher Tom blog, which is another fabulous resource!) Tom Bedard has taught early childhood classes for over 30 years. His blog is all about Sand and Water Tables.
I’m going to share here just a few photos from his blog that made me think in new ways about sensory tables. I really encourage you to go directly to his blog at: http://tomsensori.blogspot.com/ to see LOTS more pictures and delightful videos showing lots more great ideas, and also thoughtful posts on his experiences with how children use these materials in the classroom.
Tom builds “apparatuses” from cardboard boxes and other materials that he mounts over sensory tables. Like this one with two inclined planes that kids can slide materials down and into the plastic tubs below.
Or this one, with fun holes to pour into
More holes to pour into… here’s info on how to build this one: http://tomsensori.blogspot.com/2016/07/table-covering-with-holes.html
Or this apparatus with inclined tubes, with lots of inlets and outlets.
More tubes and boxes:
Horizontal channels with a chute at the end… learn more here: http://tomsensori.blogspot.com/2011/03/horizontal-channels.html