My favourite purchase to date for my child is absolutely our Ikea FLISAT table. It is not only a table but also opens up into a sensory table. You need to purchase the bins separately (also from Ikea), and they are from their TROFAST collection.
I wanted to create a post that included a variety of ways we play with our sensory table. The possibilities are honestly endless, and I probably have a little too much fun thinking of and creating ideas!
If you are considering purchasing a sensory table, I highly recommend the Ikea FLISAT, but any sensory table would work for the ideas included in this post!
So, here are our favourite Ikea FLISAT set-ups! I hope you find some play ideas that you can re-create for your little(s).
1 | MAGNETIC CHIP COLOR MATCHING
Using a magnetic wand, some magnetic chips, and our rainbow nesting cups we created this super simple colour matching activity! We love using our Ikea Flisat Table for fun learning at home activities like this one!
You may also enjoy: Easy Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
2 | A BIRTHDAY THEMED TABLE
We used dyed rice, cloud dough, birthday candles, sprinkles, confetti, and balloons! For all the details you can check out our post dedicated to re-creating this birthday-themed table: How to Create a Birthday Themed Sensory Table
3 | WASHING THE DISHES
Water and soap – always a hit with my 2-year-old! This super-easy setup is bound to be a hit with your toddler. We used our steel dishes and some dollar store sponges + some good ol’ soap and water! Water play has not bothered our table at all. If the wood gets wet (which it usually does), I just wipe it down with a towel after we are done playing.
You may also enjoy: 18 Easy Water Play Activities for Toddlers
4 | A FARM THEMED TABLE
One of my favourite tables to date! This one had so many different sensory play options from cloud dough to chickpeas to green split peas! You can create your own cloud dough by following my recipe HERE. Our Carrots and chicks were dollar store finds (around Easter) and our Farm is a Fisher-Price Little People farm.
5 | FLOWER SOUP
This is a great setup for those hot summer days! Water and any flowers you can find + some scooping and pouring materials. This is a go-to for us in the summer months as it is so easy but always a hit with my toddler!
6 | OCEAN THEMED WITH HOMEMADE SAND
We used our Home Made Sand Recipe, some seashells, and our Melissa & Doug Wooden Ocean Puzzle to create this fun ocean-themed table! I loved this setup because there were lots of ways to play. When you provide a variety of ways to play the activity can hold the child’s attention longer!
7 | OCEAN THEMED WITH WATER
Another easy water play activity! Water + some Ocean Animals, shells and rocks + some scoopers and little bowls. This is such an easy setup and provides lots of fun, especially on a sunny day! This is the perfect activity to have on your deck during a warm summer day.
8 | ARCTIC THEMED
This one is super simple! We used frozen water beads, a bit of warm water + blue food colouring, and some Safari TOOB penguin friends! I also included a squirt bottle with warm water to melt the ice which provided lots of fun and entertainment!
9 | FELT SMALL WORLD PLAY
10 | WATER BEAD COLOR MATCHING
Water beads are tons of fun to play with even by themselves. But I added in some nesting cups to provide that extra layer of learning through play! You could add additional tools as well to promote fine motor development (tongs, scoopers, tweezers, etc)
11| CHICKPEA SENSORY SAFARI SMALL WORLD
Chickpeas are one of my favourite sensory bin fillers to use. They are also extremely easy to dye! You can check out THIS POST for details on how to dye your own sensory bases. I also used a piece of yellow felt, our Safari Animals, and our wooden rainbow as a final touch!
12 | RAINBOW CHICKPEA SENSORY POUR STATION
Speaking of chickpeas, we also set up this super fun and inviting scoop and pour station. I attached a funnel and an empty paper towel roll to a wire shelf insert to create the pouring station, and I included our Learning Resources Fine Motor Tools to use for scooping.
13 | HOT CHOCOLATE SENSORY / DRAMATIC PLAY
Sensory and dramatic play rolled into one fun activity! We used chocolate Cheerios, mini marshmallows, red paper cups, and some straws. This is sensory play but also so much fun to pretend to make and serve hot cocoa!
14 | SEEK & FIND SENSORY PLAY
Using rainbow rice, dollar store wooden numbers, a muffin tin, muffin liners, and some tools to pick up the letters with. This was a great game for practicing and identifying numbers.
Find out how to make your own rainbow rice here: How to Dye Your Own Sensory Bases
15 | CREATE YOUR OWN SMALL WORLD
Chickpeas, again! I told you I loved them! But really in this case you could use any base. Usually, I set it up while she is napping or busy with something else, and then she comes to play with it. But this time I set it up this way and then invited my toddler to set up her own small world! She loved adding the plants and the animals in and then proceeded to play long after she had added all the items.
16 | FROG POND SMALL WORLD
In this table, I had Oobleck on one side and water + food colouring on the other. Oobleck is just corn starch and water combined and then I added a bit of green colouring. We included our Safari TOOB frogs, some fake plants, rocks, and sticks. My 2.5 year old absolutely LOVES Oobleck and it always keeps her attention for a long time.
Want to try Oobleck? Here is the step by step guide for making it + some tips to make clean up a breeze: How to Make Oobleck: An Easy 2 Ingredient Recipe
17 | FRUIT AND WATER PLAY
This is an easy one! All you need is some lemon and lime slices (or whatever fruit you have on hand) and some water! Then I just added some bowls and scoopers and we were all set. A great activity for a sunny day.
18 | FROZEN THEMED
My toddler has recently become obsessed with Frozen, so I knew I had to create a fun Frozen-themed table when I found these little Frozen figures. I used all of the blue magnetic tiles from our Piccaso Tile set to create an “Ice Castle”. Everything else I found at a local dollar store.
So there you have it! 18 ideas that you can re-create in your own sensory table or in a sensory bin. Which one is your favourite? Leave me a comment below and let me know which one(s) you are excited to try!
Due to the popularity of this post, we created a PART2! You can find it here: 18 MORE Ways to Play with Your Ikea Flisat Table