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Topic: Sand Sensory Table for my Son's Birthday  (Read 1827 times)
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« on: August 17, 2014 05:30:38 PM »

My little boy turned seven this weekend.  He is autistic which makes gift giving a little challenging.  He really enjoys sensory play and loves sand.  They make sensory tables for water and sand.  They are normally plastic and not exactly sturdy.  If you want something that will actually stand up up to the rough play of a disabled child, you are looking at spending $200-$300+ and that doesn't include any sand or toys.  Just the table.
And in all honesty, I'm not exactly "flush" with cash and I figured I could build him something that was at the very least sturdy if not the prettiest.  This is what I came up with:

One of the storage drawer tops:

Before the decoupage was finished:
All the work took place in my tiny studio corner of our one bedroom apartment.

Truthfully the wood, paint, varnish, hardware, sand, seashells, and toys totaled about $245 but that's still better than what I would have paid for pre-made. I got Wuba brand kinetic sand which is sort of like sand/modeling clay.  It's 1% polymer and 99% sand (I think).  The sea shells came from the California Sea Shell Company in Seal Beach California and the toys came from Ikea.  The pictures came from a couple of old books that I picked up at The Last Bookstore in LA.
Because of his disability, Iggy doesn't really have friends and we don't have any relatives nearby.  All he has is is dad and me, so I try really hard to make all of his birthday's really special.

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014 07:04:43 PM »

I work in special ed. and let me tell you, your table is 100% better than the ones used in the schools.  You can tell it was a labor of love and I think you did a great job!

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014 07:24:14 PM »

I just rocked you. I think you did wonderfully, too. I used to keep a zen style bowl of sand on my coffee table. It is very soothing to sift and sort sand. I can imagine that your little guy will have lots of fun with this.


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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2014 11:07:22 PM »

Lovely. I am sure he will get many hours of pleasure from it and not only while he is seven. As stillatthetop says, a zen sand garden is a wonderfully soothing thing to have.
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2014 11:57:35 PM »

What a fantastic labor of love!!! It looks great and extremely functional. What a wonderful birthday gift. (Happy Birthday) Looks so good I'd put it in my living room.
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2014 07:11:09 AM »

That looks great!!  I'd like to sit and play with it myself - especially with the little pails  Smiley
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2014 01:08:22 PM »

Thank you for all the compliments.  Iggy really does seem to like it a lot.  He sits on it when he plays some times, so I'm really glad I decided to make it so resilient. 
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2014 05:30:20 PM »

Sensory tables are great, well done!


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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2014 01:40:57 PM »

You did a beautiful job on it. I adore the color. Iggy is such a lucky boy to have a crafty mom like you!

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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2014 07:53:51 PM »

I love the images added to the table.

Another sensory item that is pricey but easily diy is a weighted blanket. I made one for someone with two heavy sheets and roughly $20 of the beads bought on ebay.
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