While out shopping I found these sponges and decided to switch up the sensory table with water and sponges. The sponges would be a new item that would be of interest to my group and would provide opportunities for squeezing. See the bottom of this post for more preschool water table ideas.
Preschool Water Table Ideas
- large sponges – found at the dollar store
- a small amount of water
- gentle soap if desired
creates a fun water table for preschoolers!
Sensory play allows the senses to take in, experience, integrate and regulate response to the the environment. Such a simple bin of water supports the whole child in developing skills that will be necessary for learning and life. Not only is sensory play FUN…
While standing at the water or sand table a child is using his/her finger, hands, arms and trunk while maintaining balance and coordination of the body.
Playing with tools like shovels or scoops (in this case sponges) provides resistive activity which supplies the muscles and joints in the hands and arms with information that is sent to the vestibuler (balance) and proprioceptive (where the body is in space) sections of the brain.
Through water sensory play children are also developing their eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills needed for future writing. We know that children learn through active physical play.
Along with the previous skills, many cognitive happenings are taking place as well, such as:
- problem solving
- cause and effect
- curiosity and imagination
- learning about volume, measurement, properties
- understanding is gained through reasoning and logical thinking
Let’s not forget about peer interaction, friendship building, sharing, helping and compromising that takes place!
I observed speech skills being used – spontaneous speech, question asking, discussion of observations and language such as full, heavy, dripping, warm, wet and dry and squeeze.
Sensory play is amazing! We try to do some sort of sensory play daily.
More Water Play Ideas from Share & Remember
Resources for Water Play
- What Can Children Learn from Water Play? from Community Playthings
- Not Just For Sand & Water Anymore! Ultimate Guide to Sensory Play ebook from Preschool Education
- Water Play: Wet and Wonderful from Early Childhood News