This Outer Space Sensory Table is the most simplified of our three different versions.
For this version of our Outer Space Sensory Table, I have a simple small world set up, below a whiteboard of historical photographs. During the two weeks of our space theme, my scholars learn about the history of space exploration and the first successful Moon landing.
Four ingredients make the sensory table the perfect journey into space.
Space mini figures, miniature planets, colorful mini erasers and a filler of black beans are all it takes to make this sensory experience. For the first week I add repurposed scoops as the fine-motor tools. As always, I change or add tools for the second week, to draw back scholars who may no longer be as interested. For the second week, I replace the scoops with bubble tongs.
Historical photographs help bring the sensory table to life.
Several photographs from the successful Apollo missions to the Moon can be found on NASA's website, free for educational download. I've laminated them and attached magnetic strips to the back, so they can be taken down to use for lessons and closely looked at by my scholars. My scholars learn all about the history of the successful Apollo missions, and have the opportunity to reinact the Moon missions in our fully transformed Imagination Center. Stay tuned for the Space transformation, in the next blog post.
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