Stories & Sensory Tables: Swimming Animals

Stories & Sensory Tables: Swimming Animals

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Studies show that sensory play can have a calming effect on children. Sensory play is also a great way to encourage fine motor skill practice and creativity. In our sensory table series, these play opportunities help develop reading comprehension skills as children retell a story and bring it to life using thematic items at the table. They are great for both home and classroom learning environments!

Download the Lesson Plan


Parents and teachers, download and print our lesson plan for Story + Sensory: Swimming Animals

Story Sensory Swimming Animals Printable Preview

Links to the Materials We Used

White Chia Seeds

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Realistic Animal Toys / Figurines

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Find more activities like this for your classroom or family in our WinterKids Guide to Active Outdoor Learning (GOAL) for Pre-K & Elementary!


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