Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY: Small Sensory Table

I love blogs!  It allows us to share our ideas with other teachers and parents!  I found an amazing blog, A Teaching Mommy.  She is a teacher, turned stay-at-home mom, just like me!  Madonna provides some amazing directions for a $30 sensory table.  You can get her directions here.  I love her table, but needed a smaller table for my home.  We live in a smaller house with not a lot of room, so I really need to maximize my space.  I wanted the fun of the sensory table, but in a small dose.

If you have a large home, or classroom, you will want to check out Madonna's directions.  If you need a smaller version, you can check out mine :)  My version costs a little more, because I chose this specific tub.  I made a few small changes to the lengths of a few of the pipes.  Now, it is more sturdy and tight around the tub.  The new measurements have been uploaded to the pictures.
It was $10, but it is very sturdy and I really wanted the clips that hold the tub closed.
 I already had a pair of PVC cutters from my Mini Anchor Chart project.
 The PVC cutter makes it really easy to cut the PVC pipe and leaves a really clean cut.  My husband is doing it here, but it is just as easy for me to use.

I got 6 pieces of PVC pipe, but I only needed 5.  Here are the dimensions of the stand.  Top view:

 Side view:

This really was easy to put together!  We built the top of the stand first.
 We used my daughter as a model to make the stand height perfect for her.
 Here is a view of the finished project with the tub inside.
 Here is a the tub with the top locked on.
Of course, we had to test it out!  The kids loved fishing for letters.
 It's just as fun to pour water.
 They loved building with extra PVC pipe, too.
 Pop-Pop was wonderful to drill holes in the bottom of extra PVC pipes and elbows.  It was really cool to watch the wonder in their eyes, as they watched the water pour through the different sized holes.
 I am so happy with this creation.  My kids can't get enough of it!!
My favorite part of this table is that it fits right into the tub.  When we aren't using the table, I can pack it up and put it away.  For me, this was a necessity!
If you need some spray paint that sticks to PVC, check out these affiliate links! Hope you find these directions useful!  Let me know, if you were able to make it work for you.  Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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