Multi-Dimensional Sensory Table

There is something magical about boxes.  Add those to the sensory table and it is pure magic!


Tubes and funnels where attached to a large boxes taped between two small sensory tables.  I put openings on all sides of the box so the children could move the rice in multiple directions.  I put a box under the structure for rice moving down.


It was so interesting to watch how they explored moving the rice around the structure.   The collaborative efforts were made to move the rice up, down and through the box.



I added lots of scoops, cups, and containers.


Next, the children began adding little boxes— all over the structure.  It transformed into a “Salt Machine” (as they named it).  Rice moved from box to box.

Rice flies everywhere but it is so worth it!

For more amazing ideas and pure inspiration for your sensory table – I highly recommend you explore the Sand and Water Table blog.  I recently stumbled upon it and it is a true treasure. Tom Bedard has taken the sensory table to a whole new level and it has me totally inspired!!  Be sure to check it out.   It is the go-to-guide on the web.

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  1. Tom Bedard says:

    Hi Sally. Thanks for the shout-out. There are two things I like about your construction: 1) It spans two tables and 2) you let the children add to the structure. You have created such an inviting space for children to explore. Now compare that to how a sensory table is usually set up.

    • Sally says:

      Tom! Oh my word! How can I begin to thank you for your blog and all the incredible inspiration you provide for me and teachers world wide. You rock the sensory table and give it a whole new life! Thank you!!

  2. Anna Wilson says:

    Love Tom’s blog too! Did a multi-dimensional table last year and the children started bringing in more boxes from home to add to the structure. I must put that out again and add more openings to access all areas more easily.

    • Sally says:

      Tom is brilliant! Plain and simple. And he has inspired me madly!

  3. Rosa says:

    I came across Tom’s Blog a while ago and I, too, was completely stunned and amazed at what he does with the sensory table. Love, love his blog!!


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