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Monday Made It: Sensory Materials!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I'm linking up with Tara from 
Fourth Grade Frolics

for my first round this summer of

So, here we go!

So, for the past few years I've wanted a sensory table in my room,

but it's really only been a dream and an idea that I've had.

I decided that this year would be the year that 

I would take the plunge and just do it already!

I went looking in some teacher mags, and let me tell you,

the sensory table and the stuff that goes in it 

are super duper high!!!

Too rich for my blood!

So I started to do some research into what I could use instead,

and this past week I began to purchase simple household materials 

that I could use in the sensory table.

The easiest thing to do is noodles, which I dyed.

I just used some dye that I already had in my baking cabinet.

I started with some old noodles that were hiding in the back of my pantry.

(I'm sort of embarrassed, I mean, I don't think they even sell them in this box anymore!)

I divided the noodles into 4 groups, and starting with the neon colors,

I just add several drops (it makes it more vibrant) and some plain ole' rubbing alcohol.

You really only need about a 1/4 of a cup of alcohol.

Then just swish it around until the color gets on everything!

If you feel that the color isn't like you want it, just add some more drops of dye!

I then laid the bags flat, and I kept flipping them over about every 10 minutes.

After about an hour (or more if you wish), I laid them out to dry.

Now, I learned the hard way that it's best if you pour off the

excess liquid BEFORE you pour the noodles onto the mat.

I put several paper towels, and newspapers, magazines, cardboard boxes,

anything that I could find under the noodles, because that dye is something

serious and it will stain your floor, table, etc.

If you wipe it up right away, you should be fine if you spill something. 

Looking for a DIY approach to creating sensory materials for your sensory table? Check out this step by step guide!

Alcohol dries very quickly, so if you spread them out enough, 

they'll be ready to mix in a few hours. 

Looking for a DIY approach to creating sensory materials for your sensory table? Check out this step by step guide!

Looking for a DIY approach to creating sensory materials for your sensory table? Check out this step by step guide!

Since this was successful, I hope to continue dying other things,

such as rice, popcorn kernels, oats, etc.

I can't wait to let you guys know how it turns out!

If you want to know more about how to make your own 

DIY sensory table, click here!

Talk to you later!

Looking for a DIY approach to creating sensory materials for your sensory table? Check out this step by step guide!


  1. That tuned out so cool! Good for you for diving in! I'm sure your kids will love it:) Thanks for linking up:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  2. The colors of your noodles are beautiful!! Marsha McGuire over at Differentiated Kindergarten creates a lot of items to use in your sensory table to tie it into academics and a lot of them are seasonal freebies. If you don't know her, I'd head on over and check her out. She was my go to resource when I taught kindergarten- especially for all things differentiated!
    Storybook Endings in Second

  3. I died rice for mine, but these noodles are very cool!! Might have to add a second tub for noodles!!

    ABCs and Polkadots

  4. I'm loving the neon colors! I think I know what I'm doing this afternoon : ) My 5th graders will love using these as math manipulatives (slash pretend bow ties, which is always inevitable with 10/11 year olds). Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Those came out great. I haven't tried this yet, but I am going to.
    Grade School Giggles

  6. LOVE those colors! I used sensory bins last year when I was working with students with autism. This summer, I'm working on switching all of the materials for math manipulatives/math bags. Just know you'll be able to use all of these materials again in a variety of ways :) Jen

  7. I saw a sensory table with some different colored pastel rice. At first I didn't realize it was rice and then after I got closer I recognized rice. I don't remember what she used to color it though. I would guess either water colors or food coloring. It was so different and it was around Easter time. She had put those little plastic animal shaped eggs in the rice and some small shovels and spoons. We have put water in ours and plastic pipes that fit together or styrofoam and the kids have made boats to sail.

  8. We have put small rocks in ours with a very small amount of water and the rocks look so different when they are wet rather than dry. Magnifying glasses and small tongs (dollar store) to look at the rocks. We also put small plastic animals and sand or grass mats (dollar store) or construction paper roads and small cars and boxes for houses. Anything can go in the water table.

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  10. I LOVE this idea but have one question! Does the dye come off on your hands at all once it has dried?

  11. Oh that looks gorgeous! I'm just starting to play around with sensory activities with my kids and this would be perfect (once pasta becomes readily available again!). Thanks so much for sharing it :)

    Megan | The ABC Mom


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