Water and Sand Experiences (Sensory Table)

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Water, Sand and Sensory Tables are particularly popular with toddlers.


  • Concept and language development (empty/full, warm/cold, wet/dry)
  • Small motor development and control
  • Tension release/relaxation - appropriate outlet for anger
  • Math Concepts (more/less, spatial concepts, measuring, comparing, properties, volume, mass, cause and effect, texture, etc.)

Supervision and Tips:

  • Children must wear smocks (limit smocks to number allowed at table)
  • Children assist with clean-up of spills (to encourage independence and responsibility) with child-sized brooms, wisk-brooms, sponges or mops.
  • Sand (or whatever media) needs to stay in the Sensory Table.
  • Remain close by for appropriate supervision, encouraging conversation.
  • Children need to wash their hands before and after participating in this activity.

Suggested Materials:

  • Squirt bottles
  • Squirt Creatures
  • Shovels and Scoops
  • Whisks
  • Egg Beater
  • Water can
  • Toy Mills
  • Sand Molds
  • Sponges
  • Buckets
  • Cups
  • Sieves
  • Sifters
  • Funnels
  • Tubing
  • Pumps
  • Baster