"We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses". - Maria Montessori
SENSORY TABLE PLAY:
Create your own mini sensory table by grabbing any medium to large plastic container and placing rice, dried beans, gel balls, cotton balls, mini beads, etc. about 1/2-way full. Add small toys/objects such as cars, animals, blocks, etc. for a treasure hunt and exploration, along with spoons, bowls, cups of various shapes/sizes for scooping & pouring. Placing a mat or towel down 1st, & using a tight lid can help with clean-up. Always supervise activity, & wait until children are no longer mouthing objects before introducing.
This activity addresses the following developmental skills: fine motor (scooping/pouring), cognitive (problem-solving how to find items & use utensils, dramatic play with animals), sensory stimulation/desensitization (can also be very calming), language (talk about what’s found, characteristics, & what you can do with it.)
Activity Shared By: Sue Jones Talbott, MSEd, ECSE
I’ve been working with infants, toddlers, & preschoolers with special needs for 26 years. I started working with 3-5-year-old preschoolers in the classroom, but have enjoyed working with toddlers & their families for nearly 2 decades. I really enjoy getting the whole family involved in playing with their child.
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