Patriotic Sensory Table for Home or Classroom

Patriotic Sensory Table for Home or Classroom

Children learn through their senses and a sensory table is filled with materials that help stimulate a child’s senses  It’s easy to create a sensory table for your home or classroom.  When I was a teacher I always created a red, white, and blue sensory table when a patriotic holiday was approaching. Now I am creating them for my granddaughter at home and wanted to share with you!

My granddaughter, Maddie, will be 16 months old when we celebrate the 4th of July.  I am including Maddie in the festivities by making her a Fourth of July sensory table.  Maddie will further develop her fine motor skills as she plays with the pompoms, feathers, craft sticks, balls, ice cream scoop, grouping circles, tiny silicone bowls, and bean bags that are in the sensory table.  She will experience a variety of textures when she uses the scarves, bean bags, and snowballs I purchased from Bear Paw Creek. Therefore, this blog post will share how you can do this at home.

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Patriotic Sensory Table Play For Toddlers and Preschool Listening Lessons

Sensory Table and Brain Development

This article on Sensory Play For Toddlers Using Regular Household Items shares the "Benefits of Sensory Play for Brain Development", as follows"

By engaging in sensory play with your young children, you can better prepare them for the world. During their initial years of life, children’s brains grow quite rapidly. Parents can support this healthy development by helping children safely explore their world through each of their senses. Some of the key benefits your child is likely to experience through sensory play include:

  • Development of Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Social Interaction
  • Language Development

Here is a picture of Maddie's sensory table.

Maddie will further develop her fine motor skills as she plays with the sensory table


I also created a decorative tube with a hard plastic water bottle.  I cut the bottom off of the bottle and used red, white and blue washi tape to decorate it.  She will like dropping pompoms and craft sticks through the top of the bottle and watching as they fall out of the bottom.  I think it’s important to note that pom poms can be a choking hazard for young children and I will be supervising Maddie closely while she is using these materials.

Sensory play refers to virtually any activity that can stimulate a child’s senses

I added another element to my sensory table by threading feathers and pipe cleaners through the holes in a red plastic colander.  I anticipate that Maddie will enjoy pulling the feathers and pipe cleaners out, but at this stage she may not have the hand-eye coordination to put them back in.

Benefits of Sensory Play for Brain Development

Check out this patriotic sensory table that includes books and music. Click To Tweet


If you are lucky enough to own a patriotic balloon ball from Bear Paw Creek, you’ll want to include it in your patriotic activities.   A couple of songs that would be perfect to use include "Great Big Ball" from Miss Carole’s Season Sings! cd and "Hot Potato" from Kimbo's Ball Activity Fun cd.


Maddie’s auditory sense will be nurtured as she plays with the music and movement props I have from Bear Paw Creek.  She’ll have fun shaking the bean bags, bells, and egg shakers.  In the classroom children can use Bear Paw Creek’s scarves, bean bags, bells, and egg shakers for a patriotic parade.  Some of the marching songs I have in my playlist include:


“The Marching Song” from The Learning Station’s All Time Children’s Favorites cd

“Morning Time March” from Hap Palmer’s Patriotic and Morning Time Songs cd

“You and Me Parade” from the Parachute Express Sunny Side Up cd

“Friendship March” from Greg and Steve’s We All Live Together Volume 1 cd

“Bean Bag Parade” from Kimbo’s Bean Bag Activities cd

Let's Get Crafty and Book Suggestions

You may want to create newspaper hats for the children to wear as they march around the room.  The hats are easy to fold so you can make a lot of them in just a short time.  Then the children can decorate the hats with red, white and blue pompoms, feathers, ribbons, stickers, etc.  You can learn how to fold the hats at this YouTube link.

You may also want to create paper bag vests for the children.   The children can decorate their vests too.

I have two Fourth of July board books for Maddie:  Don Freeman’s Corduroy’s 4th of July and Martha Day Zschock’s Hello, Fourth of July!  She will have fun looking at the illustrations in both books as I talk about them.

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Giveaway and New Products

Bear Paw Creek has pulled together a Deluxe Sensory Table Kit and Patriotic Movement Props with Books, available for purchase on the store. She has also added a new patriotic balloon ball!

Option one includes a starter sensory table set.   Option two includes movement props and two books.   You can also just purchases the balloon ball or the two books.

Be sure to head over and enter to win our Deluxe set with Sensory Table Starter Kit.  Winner will be drawn June 28, 2021!

Patriotic Movement Prop Giveaway

Carol Hartery

Carol Hartery

I retired 3 years ago after teaching in the early childhood world for 42 years.  Now I spend my time doing music and movement activities with my 10 month old granddaughter.  When we play music she responds by "babbling along" and shaking her body to the beat.   I know from my experience as an early childhood educator that music and movement activities benefit a child's fine and gross motor skills, listening skills, and language development as they burn off some energy and have fun!

4 thoughts on “Patriotic Sensory Table for Home or Classroom”

  1. II absolutely love this blog! I’m a Music Therapist who has worked in the school system for 4 years and texting music at daycares for 10 years before heading over to Children’s Hospital. I have been extremely bummed that due to hospital sanitation protocols I’m not able to use the awesome things purchased from Bear Paw Creek in the past (we can’t use anything with fabric like material). We have, however used them to run groups at the Ronald McDonald house which has been a great success. The excitement on the childrens’ faces is priceless. Thank you for helping us spread joy to children!

    1. Thank you for your great comment and for the work you do! Children’s Hospital in KC and Ronald McDonald House was a blessing when our daughter was in cancer treatment. I know…the fabric has been an issue with many! Trying to think of creative ways that people can still use the products, because they bring so much joy and fun to the learning process.

  2. Hi Janet & Team! So thankful for your site to continually spark my imagination. I’m celebrating my 10th year teaching music & movement (yippee!) and there is always something new to learn. My current classes have been enjoying our stretchy band. I think I’d love to incorporate a balloon ball into my classes. I’m familiar with Miss Carole’s song and I’ve always wanted to teach that one. Thanks for being a fun resource. We appreciate you!

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