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I was working in a preschool last week which used a water table. They had things that would sink, those that would float, etc. The unique thing was that it was scented. She'd put peppermint extract in the water to add an extra sensory experience. The kiddos loved it!
I just added water beads. The ones that use for plants. Here is the official website, but you can find them much cheaper. http://waterbeads.net/ I actually got a small bottle of clear at Dollar Tree. I order a set of colored ones from Amazon.
Thank you for all the ideas and input. We use many of these things and appreciate hearing about others' ideas. Not a sensory bin material necessary, but a recent find we LOVE is Thinking Putty.
Play foam is a lot of fun as well!!!!!!!!!! I love the fact that it doesn't seem to smell or leave a smell on your hands like Play Doh does.
I agree, Chloe. Playfoam rocks! It's not messy, doesn't smell, and best of all, doesn't dry out and get all crusty! My kiddos love it!
Has anyone ever used Bubber?
Moon Sand is fabulous. I was given a sample pack for my classroom this year and I can't get enough of it. Rice bins are great as are kidney beans
You can find MANY recipes for playdoughs and "moon sand" from homemade ingredients online. My favorites are adding glitter and essential oils to the playdough. The "moon sand" is made from flour and baby oil and has a fabulous texture. We always buy a variety of things to add to our sensory table after holidays or seasons are over and things are marked down. I do try to think of including as many senses as possible when I plan my sensory experiences.