Recently, sensory integration has been discussed at length in educational circles. From birth, children learn about the world around them by using their 5 senses. They take in information through touching, hearing, seeing, smelling, and tasting. The brain then organizes this input and builds a foundation for more experiences to build upon in the future. Sensory play has also been shown to be therapeutic to children who have anxiety, emotional problems, or disorders such as ADD or autism. Use some of these sensory table ideas in a preschool classroom or at home to help a child explore and learn about the world around them.
Fill a sensory table with any of the following ingredients and watch as children use the materials.