Since G has been standing up and walking around things for a while, I thought it was time to pull his sensory bin off the floor and make it a little higher so he can stand and play. But when I was looking them up to buy, I found sensory tables ranging from $90 to even *gasp* $400! I mean really?! Does the table do all the playing for your children as well?? Needless to say, we were going to make our own because I don’t know about you but this mama’s on a budget!
PVC pipes to the rescue!
This sensory table really is so easy to build and the PVC pipes make it much lighter than a wooden table would be.
Watch the full video tutorial:
What you need:
Pipe cutter – trust me it will make your life so much easier
Large Plastic Tub- I got this 28qt tub from Target for only $4.50!
- Dimensions: 6.000 inches H x 16.250 inches W x 23.000 inches L
2 – 10ft 3/4″ PVC Pipes
4 – 3 way elbows (3/4″)
We chose not to glue ours and it has worked fine, but if you want to make yours even sturdier then get some pvc glue.
*Note: We made this according to my son’s height. I also wanted it to be able to grow with him. So we have it to where I can add PVC pipe extensions to the bottom as he gets taller. I encourage you to measure how tall your children are and make it at a height appropriate for them.
- Measure and cut the pipes at these dimensions:
A – 22 in (cut 2 at this size)
B- 15.25 in (cut 6 at this size)
C- 6 in (cut 8 at this size)
D- 8 in (cut 2 at this size)
E- 3.75 in (cut 4 at this size)
- Now we are going to assemble each side in sections.
Section 1: TOP
A+ elbow + B +elbow + A+ elbow + B +elbowSection 2: Middle
C + T + D +T+ C
C + T + D + T+CSection 3 & 4: Sides (make two)
T + C + T + E
T + C + T + E
- Assemble it all together.
Can’t wait to see how these tables turn out!
Not ready to make it today? PIN IT for late:
Check out the sensory play page for some fun ideas of what to put in this tub.
Try it with colored rice and attach a funnel to drop it into.
Or maybe some good clean foamy fun.