I hadn’t set out sand in the sensory table until this past week and boy did the children love it!
They started playing immediately and I knew it was a hit.
Setting out Tools for Play
Along with the sand, I put out a large shallow box, some shovels, and some trucks for “tools for play”.
The box is on the table and the sand started out in the plastic bin. The children used shovels to add sand into the box then used the trucks to push the sand around.
By adding the shallow box, the children had a large open flat surface to explore the sand on. This led to some great imaginative play. The children made mountains and roads and tunnels.
At the end of each day, I poured all of the sand back into the bin so the children could start with a clean surface each day (well almost clean).
Adding Their Own Tools
The children added their own tools for play throughout the week as well. I have a shelf with all kinds of buckets and scoops that they can choose from as they wish. I also have a set of wooden blocks I picked up from a construction site for the children to use if they wish. Sometimes, the table gets a little overloaded.
I highly recommend table top sand play but keep a broom handy!