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  • Chappell Elementary School
  • Chicago, IL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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When students engage in sensory play they are learning important skills. A water table is a bustling factory of developmental growth. In addition to honing sensory and science skills, sensory play builds language, social awareness, and dramatic play skills as the children negotiate with one another to share tools, create stories, and build dialogues. Both small and large motor skills get a boost as well, as the children manipulate the medium and tools of the day. Creative, divergent thinking is displayed as the children are essentially invited to explore and come up with new ways to use the materials. Cognitive skills are fostered as well as the children learn about specific concepts pertinent to the table’s contents. As one of the truest open-ended activities, sensory play provides an opportunity for every child to succeed. No matter whether you are gifted or delayed, learning a new language or mastering your first, you can’t really fail with a table full of water.

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When students engage in sensory play they are learning important skills. A water table is a bustling factory of developmental growth. In addition to honing sensory and science skills, sensory play builds language, social awareness, and dramatic play skills as the children negotiate with one another to share tools, create stories, and build dialogues. Both small and large motor skills get a boost as well, as the children manipulate the medium and tools of the day. Creative, divergent thinking is displayed as the children are essentially invited to explore and come up with new ways to use the materials. Cognitive skills are fostered as well as the children learn about specific concepts pertinent to the table’s contents. As one of the truest open-ended activities, sensory play provides an opportunity for every child to succeed. No matter whether you are gifted or delayed, learning a new language or mastering your first, you can’t really fail with a table full of water.

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