Homemade Sensory Table

A Sensory Table is a fantastic resource to add to your home. They are useful for a number of different play experiences and appeal to kids in a wide range of ages, our table has been used by our boy from when he was just standing to kids up to 7 years old. Sensory Tables can be used for water play, sand play, all sorts of sensory doughs, slimes and foams as well as small world play. Unfortunately to buy one from a store can be quite expensive, so with some inspiration from this post and a redesign to suit the type of pipe fittings that can easily be bought in Australian hardware stores I created the following sensory table.



Materials List:

- 6 pipes, 20mm diameter, 1metre long
- Non-threaded pipe joiners: 8 elbows, 12 tees
- Hacksaw
- Measuring Tape and pencil
- Hammer
- Mitre Box (optional, but it will make cutting the pipes easier)
- Glue (optional, I have made one with glue and one without and they are both very strong)
- Acetone (optional, this will remove the writing on the pipes and prepare them for gluing)
- Plastic storage box with lid (the sticker below is the box I bought from Big W - Australia, if you purchase a box with different dimensions you will need to adjust measurements for the pipes)

Homemade Sensory Table with simple instructionsHomemade Sensory Table with simple instructions 

How to Build the Frame: 

Homemade Sensory Table with simple instructions

1. Cut the pipes into the following lengths (cms)

Homemade Sensory Table with simple instructions

 2. You should now have the following pipe lengths and number of joiners.

Homemade Sensory Table with simple instructions

3. Use the following colour coded diagram to put your pipes and joiners together.

If you choose not to use glue all you need to do is put the pipes into the joiners and push them in as far as they go (a hammer can help with this). If you are not using glue then it is easy to twist and turn the pipes and joiners to ensure they sit nice and square to each other.

If you do choose to use glue you need to use acetone on the pipes first (following the safety instructions on the bottle). I found that the glue set quickly and as a result you need to work quickly to ensure the pipes and joiners are nice and square.

Homemade Sensory Table with simple instructions

4. Once the frame is together all you need to do is add the container and you are done!

Extra - To adjust the height of the table to suit your child then change the length of the blue colour coded section of pipe.

Homemade Sensory Table with simple instructions

So far we have used our table for water play and as a mini sandpit, both providing lots of entertainment! As we now have a full-sized sandpit for our boy I am looking forward to creating some new explorations for him in our sensory table! 

Homemade Sensory Table with simple instructions

For ideas on what to put into your new sensory table have a look at my Pinterest board and follow along for more to come!

Happy Playing!

Alison :)

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13 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this!! Being an ex-primary school teacher who used to teach a developmental curriculum - this sort of stuff is just the best thing ever. Love how simple you make it look!!

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  2. What a great idea! Kids just love these kind of things.

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    1. They sure do! It makes sensory play so accessible to them!

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  3. We're just starting to get into more sensory play at my place and I stole a storage container from the "man cave" aka garage to use because I didn't have anything. I think I'll be going to buy a proper container now, maybe two so we can have one for sand and store it in there.

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    1. Having two is a great idea, especially if you want to use one just for sand!

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  4. You're much better at making things than me! This looks great - you're very talented.

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  5. Forwarded this straight on to my dad - I would love one but as you said they are soooo expensive! This looks great :-)

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  6. I built one similar to this one for my preschool class. They love it. Not hard to do if you know how to use a saw.

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  7. OH WOW!! Love this so much and actually quite simple!!

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