How to make a sensory table (VIDEO)

Oct 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Sensory tables are a great way for kids to explore and learn new things. A variety of stores sell them, but for a hefty price. Why buy one, when you can easily make one at home for a fraction of the cost?

To get started, you need a table or other surface that has a recessed top so you can put things inside of it. After that, you can go in a variety of different directions with your sensory table. Fill with water for some wet exploring and throw in some small items your child can grab for. These items can be anything, water related or not. You can also add some aqua beads for a more colorful, fun experience.

Another option for your sensory table is to put sand in it. You can purchase safe sand from Kid Safe Sand, which is a website that promotes and sells natural and toxin-free sand for kids to play with. After you have your sand, add any toys your kids may enjoy playing with. Whether that is bulldozers, shovels or animals, the options are endless.

Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions.

More kid-friendly ideas

Make use of your windy days with this DIY kite
Recycle your paint chips with this adorable 3-D wall art craft
Forget the store; make this Frozen Elsa costume yourself