Inside: This collection of sensory table activities has ideas for every season of the year, plus those that can be enjoyed year round. Hands-on fun for toddlers and preschoolers!
The sensory table is a favorite with our toddlers and preschoolers, and for good reasons.
Each sensory table activity we provide encourages our children to explore using multiple senses.
They get to touch different textures, move the pieces around, dump and pour, stack, measure, be creative, and use their imaginations.
The sensory table is also a great way to strengthen fine motor skills!
Since we use our sensory table daily during our free choice centers time, I’ve been able to put together this collection of ideas that can be used year-round, including seasonal and holiday activities.
Big Collection of Sensory Table Activities for the Entire Year
Note: Some of these sensory tables are more appropriate for preschoolers, as they may contain small pieces that can be a choking hazard.
Watch the video where I show our favorite materials and how to manage the sensory table:
Winter Themed Sensory Table
Winter Fine Motor Sensory Tables
This winter sensory table is loaded with dyed rice, various sized snowflakes, small snowmen and scoops. But what makes it most fun are the flickering tea light candles! A great way to build fine motor skills during your winter theme.
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Pom Pom Snowman Sensory Table
Play with pom pom snowmen while building fine motor skills.
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Spring Themed Sensory Tables
Alphabet Flower Sensory Table
Add alphabet rocks, paper flower cupcake liners, and dyed rice for a fun literacy activity.
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Sunflower Sensory Table
Terra cotta pots and pretend sunflowers make this a fun gardening sensory table.
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Too Many Carrots Sensory Table
This garden sensory table goes great with the book Too Many Carrots.
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Spring Color Sorting Sensory Table
Teach color recognition skills with a fun spring sensory table that includes pom poms and matching colored eggs.
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Spring Ducks Sensory Table
After reading Pete the Cat: Five Little Ducks, put together a spring ducks water table that strengthens fine motor skills.
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Frog Pond Spring Sensory Table
This frog spring water sensory table is a fun addition to the frog theme.
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Frog Water Table
This frog activity is super easy to set up using a tub of water. Add squeezers and strainers for some fine motor strengthening!
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10 Rubber Ducks Sensory Table
After reading Eric Carle’s 10 Rubber Ducks, add ducks to a water table for a fun spring counting activity.
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Rainy Weather Sensory Table
Pretend to make rain with this fun weather sensory table.
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Summer Themed Sensory Tables
Simple Ocean Sensory Table
Create a simple ocean sensory table that includes nets and jumbo sea creatures! Those little hands and fingers will be strengthened as the children scoop the nets in and out of the water.
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Ocean Fish Sensory Table
Add aquarium rock, ocean creatures, and nets to make a fish sensory bin.
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Summer Sensory Table
Small gems make this summer sensory table shimmer!
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Fall Themed Sensory Tables
Farm Sensory Table
Here’s an easy farm sensory table for preschoolers that involves lots of scooping and pouring – a perfect fall fine motor activity!
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Apple Sensory Table
Work on building fine motor skills with an apple themed sensory table. The letter stones add some simple literacy, too!
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Fall Apple Sensory Table
Lots of hands-on play happens with this apple sensory table!
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Fall Color Sorting Sensory Table
This fall color sorting sensory table builds color recognition skills as the pom poms are transferred to matching colored containers.
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Fall Apple Sensory Table
Felt apples and dyed rice make this fall sensory table fun with texture.
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Holiday Sensory Tables
Valentine’s Day Sensory Table
This Valentine’s Day sensory table is filled with fine motor fun. The dyed rice is fun to scoop and pour, especially with the cute paper mâché heart boxes!
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Frozen Hearts Sensory Table
What happens when the frozen hearts melt? A fun science activity for the Valentine’s sensory table.
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St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Table
Collecting gold coins and adding them to treasure chests is the highlight of this St. Patrick’s Day sensory table.
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Find the Gold Coins St. Patrick’s Day Table
Work on fine motor skills while hunting for gold coins in goop.
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Halloween Sensory Table
Create a Halloween sensory table with little pumpkins and tea lights!
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Gingerbread Sensory Table
Gingerbread shaped boxes, rice, and small gingerbread people make a fun holiday sensory bin!
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Jingle Bell Sensory Table
Explore how magnets work with this fun Christmas-themed jingle bell sensory table.
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Year Round Sensory Tables
Shapes Sensory Table
Teach shapes with this hands-on shape recognition sensory table.
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Construction Sensory Table
It’s easy to make a construction sensory table when using kinetic sand. Simply mix it with some loose parts and add construction vehicles, and it’s ready to go!
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Alphabet Construction Sensory Table
Build letter recognition while moving construction vehicles through Kinetic sand.
Rainbow Sensory Table
Explore different textures while sorting pieces by the colors of the rainbow.
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Alphabet Soup Sensory Table
Expose toddlers and preschoolers to the alphabet with this fun letter water table.
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Zoo Sensory Bin
Put together a zoo sensory bin while reading Zoo Looking.
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Color Recognition Fish Sensory Table
Put together a fish ocean sensory table that builds color recognition skills! After scooping fish from water, sort and place in matching bowls. Hands-on learning!
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Color Sorter Water Bin
Put together a color sorting water bin that also strengthens fine motor skills.
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Toddler ABC Sensory Table
This simple alphabet sensory table can be put together in minutes and is a great way to add literacy!
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Looking for more ideas? Check out my Sensory Pin Board!
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