Preschoolers learn by exploring with their five senses, and sensory tables provide a fun and educational place to play. Students learn as they touch, see, smell, hear and even taste what each table has to offer. It’s learning disguised as fun — which is always the best way to learn.
Because we are learning about the history of popcorn this week, your child engaged with a sensory table filled with corn kernels, test tubes, funnels, shovels, and bowls. The most obvious thing our students learned with this activity was cognitive skills. Sensory tables teach toddlers how the world works.
Through observation and practice, they learn that gravity pulls the kernels down a tube and pulls them through a funnel. They learn that different materials have different textures, and that objects interact with each other in different ways.