Winter Theme Play Table (Learn & Link With Linky)



We have had this water play table outside on our patio for over a year and my kids have hardly played with it so I pressure washed it and cleaned it as best as I could and decided to bring it inside for my younger children and do a sensory theme each month. 


For January the theme is winter.

winter table sensory


What’s inside our winter sensory table?

3 bags of cotton balls from the Dollar Tree

Snowflake, Snowmen and Penguin foamies

Blue and Silver Pom Poms

Winter theme Pez dispensers

Bowls, winter decorated containers, tongs, cups

Animals that live in the cold weather

winter play sensory table collage

Actually my 4 year old daughter and I put this whole table together for my 3 year old son. We hid several of the items under the “snow” cotton balls and he had to find them.  He enjoyed the different textures as well as transferring the items into the bowl, at times separating the snowflakes, etc.  


Great for dexterity, textures, follow directions, thinking skills, patience, sorting and more!


Stay tuned for our Valentine’s Play Table coming soon!

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  1. What a fun activity to do with your little ones. I love the theme!

  2. That is a great idea, Fun learning experience, too!

  3. That’s looks like something that would be a fun activity and help improve skills for young ones!

  4. I love this. What a fun way to educate while your children are having fun exploring and playing.

  5. That is so cute! We have an outdoor and indoor table and I love doing stuff like this with the little ones. Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

  6. you always have the cutest sensory table ideas!!

  7. That is an awesome sensory table! At first I thought it was mini marshmallows in it instead of cotton balls. And I was thinking, “oh that’s a sensory table that won’t last long” lol. Cotton balls are much better.

  8. What an awesome idea, love it! You are so creative can’t wait to see your Valentines play table.

  9. this is such a fun idea. my friend does home day care with preschool components, i’m sending to her

  10. That looks like so much fun…are there pez containers in there?
    I would use a clear plastic container with a lid for easier clean up.

  11. That is an incredibly cute idea. I’ve always been interested by sensory tables. But this one really is one of the cutest (and least messy lol) that I’ve seen. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Love your idea so much, will incorporate in one of my winter units! Thank you for sharing it!

  13. This is adorable! It looks like so much fun!

  14. This looks so adorable! I love this idea!

  15. Cute idea. It looks like that are going to have a blast with that for many more days to come.

  16. What a great idea! we have one too and I look at it sadly in our garage. A sensory table is such a great way for kids to explore and learn!

  17. Anita Breeze says:

    That is really neat! I love the idea of a sensory table! Can hardly wait to see what you do with that next month!

  18. I had no idea about this type of play, I love it!
    It looks convenient as well.

  19. Great idea!

  20. This is such a fun learning experience, and I love that you kept it affordable.

  21. This is so cute! I would have never thought to do this.

  22. I love how you used the water table for it. Way to use what would otherwise be a seasonal toy!

  23. What a wonderful idea! Too bad all my campers aren’t so little anymore I’d love to use this idea! i wish I’d had your creativity when they were younger. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. What a fun idea! My little boy would love this.

  25. What a fun idea and you can always change it out per holiday and/or season. Love it. Love that you had your 4 your old help you. How is your wee one doing? Mine is learning to pull himself up now. eeek.

  26. This is the best idea I have ever seen! My toddler would love this! I am going to find a way to create something like this for her!

  27. That is a brilliant idea! Easy to make yet with such impact on kids’ education and development. Great job Nicole ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. What a great idea!! I know my granddaughter has one of these tables, but she can use it almost all year ’round in Phoenix! I’m going to pass this on to her parents.

  29. I love that, such a cute idea! I have a 1, 3, and 5 year old that would all enjoy this (though I’d have to watch the youngest closely! LOL!)

  30. What a neat idea. I like the idea of doing a theme for each month.

  31. This looks like a fun wintertime activity! I second what Chrystal says, I wish I had your creativity when my son was younger.

  32. That is so cool! It looks so interesting for kiddos!!

  33. What a fantastic idea! I think changing the sensory table around on a regular basis will keep them interested. I can imagine all of the stories they can tell and games they can play with this.

  34. This looks like a fantastic idea. I will definitely be trying this with my son.

  35. This is a really neat idea. How creative!

  36. Such a great idea for those activity tables. Especially this time of the year, the middle of winter…it’s nice to have that table get use all year round!

  37. This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time. It’s totally something I would have done with my kids. LOVE!

  38. This is such a great idea! I may have to try this with my own toddler. She will love this.

  39. My kids would be over the moon excited for this! I will have to figure out something for a table…

  40. What a great table– I loved that your four year old helped make it!

  41. What a fun idea! This looks like a great family fun activity,

  42. Now this look fun! My 4 year old would love these items in the sensory table!

  43. What a great idea! Hmmm I need to do this with my granddaughter. Let me think what I can use for a play and learn table. Thank you for this.

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