A significant aspect of a child’s development is learning about the five senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. Sensory play is a great way to promote that growth! Kids develop important motor and cognitive skills through the use of their senses during play, and how their senses help them communicate with the environment.

Step2 Arabia water tables are perfect make-shift sensory bins for your little ones! 

This can be achieved using household products and easy-to-find ingredients to create fun activities for sensory play. Just put them inside your Step2 Arabia sand and water tables. Use these easy ideas with your kids today!

  1. Play dough or plain sand. Play dough and kinetic sand gives hours of creative play. Kids can mold and build the materials into different shapes, then tear them apart and start over. 
  2. Colored beans or rice. See the kids dig their hands into the pile on their water table, try picking up different beans or grains by color. Collecting these small objects helps to develop fine motor skills.
  3. Create slime. All you need is craft glue, baking soda, food coloring and contact lens solution. Creating slime is a pleasure to the senses as well. Children enjoy their sense of touch! Slime can be soothing, calming and a controlling activity for the kids.
  4. Water is an excellent material for sensory play. Pour water into your sand & water tables, then check which toys sink or float. Add water to a few different bowls at different temperatures, and ask for warmer and colder ones.