January Discovery table: snow

The Girls grew beyond sensory boxes some time over the summer.They still enjoy them but I don’t have a regular one like I did when they were both at home for most of the week. With LBG at school full-time and Dimples three days, they get all that stuff at school. So a few months ago, I started using our hall table- which doubles as a toy storage unit, as an Interest or Discovery table.

As events change in the calendar, I simply change the things that are available on the table, so that it is relevant, seasonal and interesting. The unit is a great height for them: they can help themselves to anything, and play with it in whichever way they see fit.

January snow discovery table

Take January: I kept some of the things from my Christmas table (which you can see in my¬†Gingerbread¬†Trees post), but this table was put out when the Christmas Decorations came down. So I covered the top of the table in white paper, then put some doilies and crocheted pieces over the top. Then Dimples and I used doilies, pre-cut foam snowflakes, and some that we cut ourselves from coffee filters, to decorate the mirror, the ‘tree’ (a jug filled with spray-painted branches) and a snowflake-garland. I added in some battery-operated star lights too.

I added in a silver cake stand which I made, and Dimples and I ripped up the fake snow from the Snow Dome to make fun tactile snowballs. I also found some polystyrene balls which also look like snowballs.

snow discovery table

Finally, I added in story books that have a winter theme: Sam’s Snowflake, Bella Gets Her Skates On, Kipper’s Snowy Day, Princess Evie’s Magic Ice Pony.

I also add a selection of books and activities related to letters to help Dimples learn. In this case there are a set of Lexicon cards, a letter tracing book, Big Book of Words and I Can Spell (3 letter).

If you use Discovery tables, feel free to leave a link to any posts you might have. I’d love to see your ideas.


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