Twelve Dollar Toddler Sensory Table

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handsomeryan added on 4/21/2016

This plan is to build a simple and inexpensive sensory table which can be used with water, sand, rice, or other material to give a sensory experience to a toddler or young child. The design is very minimal and therefore inexpensive and simple to build.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Gather Materials

For this project you need a concrete mixing tub and two 2"x4"x8'boards. The tub can be found with the concrete supplies at any big box or local hardware store. These plans are based on using a Plasgad 887101C Concrete Mixing Tub which was about $6 from Home Depot. If you choose a tub which is a different size you may need to modify the measurements to fit your particular tub. I used standard 2x4x96" boards for the frame. The total materials cost was about $12 for this project


Gather tools

The tools required for this project are: • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (I use the Kreg K5) and matching 2.5" coarse screws • Drill for use with Kreg Jig • Saw. I used a miter saw but a hand saw, circular saw, or even a jig saw would work. • Wood glue. I like Titebond II but any wood-specific glue should work. •Sandpaper


Cut Wood

See the cut list diagram for a visual reference on this step. Board #1- Cut (4) 20" pieces. These will be the legs. Board #2- Cut (2) 17 1/4" pieces for the short sides -and- cut (2) 21 1/4" pieces for the long sides. You will have some extra wood left at the end of each board.


Drill Pocket Holes

Set up your kreg jig for 1 1/2" thick boards and a 2 1/2" screw. Drill two pocket holes (using the A and C holes on the Kreg K5) at both ends of the Long side and Short side boards. You can see how the holes will be used to join the project in the image below. **The Leg pieces do not need any holes**



Attach the leg pieces to the ends of the Long Side boards using wood glue and Kreg screws in the holes you drilled in the last step. Make sure what will be the top of the legs is flush with the long edge of the long side boards. These joints whould be along the 2" edge of both boards. Once both the Long side/Leg components have been fastened together, flip them so the legs point up and secure the Short side boards to the 4" face of each leg using glue and Kreg screws. Again, make sure the short side boards are flush with both the outside edges and the top rim which will support the tub. See image for what completed wood assembly should look like.


Finish work

Allow glue to dry according to label directions. Sand, sand, sand. (especially the tops of the legs) to round over any sharp edges. Drop the tray into the opening (it supports itself via the top lip) and fill with water, sand, rice, or sensory medium of your choice. Have fun!

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 2x4, 96", Board  


(16) 2 1/2" Coarse Kreg screws  
(1) Wood Glue (Titebond II)  
(1) Plasgad 887101C Concrete Mixing Tub  

Parts/Cut List:

(4) Legs, 20"  
(2) Long Sides, 21 1/4"  
(2) Short Sides, 17 1/4"  


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