Kiddos LOVE exploring with their hands and making messes (shhh, don’t tell but I do too). To help them along with this adventure I made a list of my favorite sensory tools and toys for preschool and kindergarten.
The really great part about sensory tools and toys is that we can intentionally add items to sensory tables, bins, and bottles that help these kiddos learn important math, science, and literacy concepts and skills as well as strengthen those fine motor muscles too.
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Favorite Sensory Tools and Toys for Preschool and Kindergarten
This sensory table is made of plastic and metal, unlike the sensory tables with wood frames, these last much longer with less visible wear and tear. I had this one in my full day classroom and I loved it!
Gator Grabber Tweezers
Practicing fine motor skills can be a chore for little learners so make it fun with the help of these gator grabbers. These are my FAVORITE tweezers becasue the kids can pinch them, they are made of quality plastic, and they are just the right size for their little hands!
You can use these scoopers with a variety of sensory table fillers for scooping and filling! Plus when they open and close the scoopers it’s the same motion as opening and closing scissors so they will be developing scissor skills without using scissors.
These sensory tools are perfect for exploring liquids and dabbling in art. The twisty structure always peeks my kiddo’s interest.
Heavy Duty Sand Tools Set
Although this set is a tad on the pricey side, you will never have to buy another sand bucket or shovel thanks to the high quality of this product.
Mini Animal Figures
Use small animals to encourage pretend play and vocabulary by hiding these toys in bins of sand or water beads. This set includes a set of dinos, bugs, sea creatures, and zoo animals.
Mini Construction Vehicles
Bulldozers, excavators, and dump trucks, oh my! Playing with these construction vehicles open a new world of imagination for little learners.
Numer and Counting Blocks
Throw some numbers, counting, adding, and subtraction into your sensory toy collection for even more learning fun! One side is hollow you can fill it up or use it as a stamp too! These are also fun in the blocks center when you are not using them in the sensory table!
These are just like the Number Blocks above. I try to add letters to sensory tubs any chance I get and these letters are AMAZING! Challenge them even more by stamping or stacking specific letters, making their name, or spelling beginning reading words such as cat or dog.
Colorful Set of Bowls
Keeping a set of bowls on hand will help take sensory time to the next level. Pour, separate, and play with water beads, sand, and other fillers.
Melissa & Doug Stainless Steel Pots and Pans
Another great item to embrace sensory play. These pots and pans look just like the real thing and they last forever.
Melissa & Doug Stir and Serve Cooking Utensils
Little learners can cook up anything with this set of utensils along with the pots and pans set listed above.
Mini Spatula Set
Perfect for small hands! Students love playing with these spatulas because they look like the real thing.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Introduce little learners to measurements by adding a set of measuring cups and spoons. Students can compare the sizes and amount of material each holds to explore the concepts of volume and capacity!
Water Play Kit
Invest in this magnificent sensory tool to give your little learners a real splashing good time. It comes complete with funnels and tubes to make water play even more fun. Students weave the tubes and funnels through the grid, pouring the water and observe where it does (and doesn’t) travel.
Sensory Table Fillers
The items listed below are the perfect addition to sensory tables. Change it up! Change the sensory table filler based on the theme. NOw, I get all the noodles, rice, and beans at the grocery store but here are some of my FAVORITE fillers!
Water Beads are one of my little learner’s favorite sensory table fillers. Don’t be fooled by their small size, as soon as they have time to soak in water they become larger and a blast to play with. Use buckets, spoons, scoopers and more to get the most out of these water beads. ADULT SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED WHEN PLAYING WITH WATER BEADS. If you have a kiddo who puts things in their mouth DO NOT USE water beads.
Forget regular play sand, this kinetic sand is so much more fun! Little learners can mold the sand into shapes, make castles and even practice drawing their letters and numbers in the sand.
This stuff is GREAT! It makes it possible for little learners to play in the snow any time of the year.
These fluffy and colorful balls make a great textile to add to sensory tables because they are great for sorting, counting, dumpking, and pouring. Plus when they spill on the floor they don’t make a mess!
You can use these watercolors to easily color dry Pasta, Chickpeas, and Rice. This set comes with a variety of colors.
Mix, mold, mash, shape, and cut by filling your sensory tables with good old Playdoh. If you want a bigger set than 10, you can get a pack of 24 or even 32!
Voss Water Bottles
These bottles make fantastic sensory bottles or just put them in the sensory table with rice or noodles. They are durable, the perfect size, and easy to fill.
Use this Glitter Glue to fill the water bottles above. It gives the little learners and opportunity to relax and unwind.
I have so many favorite sensory tools and toys! Little learners enjoy exploring sensory items… and they don’t even know they are learning! Share your sensory learning tips and tricks with everyone in the comments!
Be sure to check out my GIANT list of sensory table fillers and tools plus easy ways to intentionally plan learning experiences in the sensory table HERE or by clicking on the photo.
Want to know my FAVORITE SLIME recipe that my students and I both LOVE? It’s LETTER SLIME because it get’s kiddos talking about letters and sounds, making names, and words. It’s super easy to make too!
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