I knew when I saw this table that I had to have it! If you are a mom or a therapist I am sure you have heard of it. The IKEA “Flisat Table.” It has become so popular with good reason! This table has endless possibilities for fun educational activities. I know you guys are not here to hear me blab about how wonderful it is, so I am going to jump right in and share the 15 awesome set ups that my kids personally loved!
1. Sunflower Garden
This bin brought the girls and I so much happiness! It is so bright, vibrant and colorful. I love bins that have so many wonderful ways to use imagination and creativity.
2. Go fish your name
I made this bin out of construction paper and paper clips. I utilized our magnet wands and it turned out perfectly. One side was for Aliza and the other Gianna. This bin was an awesome way to practice name recognition and sequencing, as well as color and letter recognition.
3. ABC Match
This was a fun and simple activity I set up for my 2 year old. It was super easy to set up and required minimal materials. For this activity I used puzzle pieces but you can really trace anything to match. I threw in the tongs to add some fine motor strengthening.
4. Bug Rescue
For this setup we rescued bugs from water beads. Again, we used tongs to include some fine motor play. This was easy to set up and incorporated so many beneficial skills.
I know this is more on the girly side, but this was such a fun and vibrant set up. Pink is such an uplifting color and my girls had a blast! There were many sensory elements in this bin including smell, touch and sound. These flowers were actually scented with a light perfume which targets the olfactory. We had many textures including hard (marbles), soft (pom poms) and rough (rice). For auditory, we had sounds from the marbles and rice.
6. Save the bugs from oobleck
Oobleck is simply the BEST! It is basically the coolest texture ever and if you have never made it, you MUST!! It’s so easy to make and it only requires 3 ingredients!!! If you have never felt this texture you would not understand why I stuck bugs inside of it. The texture is firm and then when you pick it up it turns to liquid almost instantly. It’s basically magic. I stuck the bugs inside of the oobleck so that it would add a nice resistance for strengthening. So for this setup, on one side I made a two tone oobleck and the other side I filled with water!
How to make oobleck :
•Add 1 cup of cornstarch to a bowl.
•Add 1/2 cup of water. (Add 2 drops of food coloring to water before putting it in the bowl! )
•Mix- it will be tough to mix but it eventually get there! It easier to just use your hands.
I made two separate bowls to make two colors. Then I added the two together in a large container! It eventually mixes together into a marble design 😍 it’s looks so beautiful
- Two batches Oobleck
- Toy insects
7. Land & Sea
It’s simple. Land animals and sea animals! This was a fun and educational set up. We sorted animals, used our imagination for play and named each and every animal!
8. Watermelon Picnic
This is the perfect summer sensory bin set up! The vibrant colors are so inviting. I also love a good bin that lets my girls use their imagination! For this bin they just had a blast mixing all the rice and scooping it into their bowls.
- Green dyed rice
- Red dyed rice
- Black dried beans
- Wooden utensils
9. Sandy Beach
Would you believe me if I told you this sand was crushed cereal. YUP! That’s right. I blended a cup of cheerios and made some taste safe sand! Then I added a couple more beachy elements and it was an awesome bin!
10. Save our oceans
This was a great teaching activity. Remove the trash and save the fish. This is an important message to teach young kids. This is a fun way to visually shows little ones what happens when we litter and how it can effects the animals we love so much.
- Ocean toy animals
- Water with blue food coloring
11. Treasure hunt
Here are those magnet wands again! We put them to good use for this set up. Treasure, jewels and some of mommy’s jewelry was all apart of this treasure hunt. It’s hard to tell but I used my daughters play rings in here. They are the cutest rings for little girls. I linked them below 🙂
12. Shaving cream blocks
Talk about sensory overload! This was a great way to incorporate fine motor skills and sensory play. It was so cool to see the shaving cream squish out of the sides when building the blocks . Once we had enough building I opened the other side of the table and filled it with water to clean up the mess.
- Building blocks
- Shaving cream
13. ABC matching
Here is another abc matching sensory bin! This time we used all lower case letters using magnetic letters, as well as tongs. The sensory filler of choice was dried black beans.
14. Ocean sensory play
This was a super simple set up! Two bins filled with water and a couple drops of blue food coloring. Then I filled both sides with ocean animals. My girls always have the most fun when water play is involved!
15. Giant Orbeez
This flisat table was inspired by one of our favorite kids books “ My first book of girl power.” I felt like giant orbeez were the perfect fit! They are large and in charge just like super hero’s. This was actually our very first flisat table set up and the girls loved it.
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Follow me on instagram for more @cota_mom. If you try any of these setups take a lot of pictures and tag me on instagram so I can show some love ❤️
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