Sunday, March 30, 2014

PVC Pipe Sensory Table

Now I really shouldn't take all the credit for this because I saw a picture on Pinterest and sent it to my husband. Two days later I came home and my daughter had a cool new sensory table. I will admit however that it was my ingenious idea to spray paint it pink.....oh and I did the painting :) Being a special education teacher it was really great to see how easy it was to make such a great inexpensive replica of something that almost every early childhood classroom has.

What you need:

  • PVC pipe (four 5ft poles)
  • 4 PVC caps
  • 8 PVC T connectors
  • 4 PVC corner connectors
  • PVC pipe cutters 
  • 1 can of spray paint
  • 1 storage bin (should be long and rather shallow)
  • sharpie
  1. My husband based the dimensions of the table around the actual storage bin. He did point out that the printed dimensions of the bin should not be used as they were not accurate. So you will need to measure the bin yourself in order to plan for the rest of table. It is also good to take into consideration how tall the child or children you are making the table for are.
  2. Using a sharpie mark the PVC pipes based on the measurements you took and then cut out the necessary pieces. Besides the 4 pieces of pipe to make the top frame, the rest of the pieces will be rather short and with therefore require connectors to join them together,
  3. Use the corner connectors at the top of the table (one in each corner), 1 T connector below each corner connector, 4 T connectors underneath where the storage bin will go, and 1 cap on the bottom of each leg of the table.
  4. Spray paint the table outside and allow adequate time for it to dry.
  5. Fill out the storage bin with water, sand, or any other sensory item and then watch your little one have a BLAST!


  1. Wow! As a new grandma, I'm looking for good DIY sensory projects. You're an angel for posting this! And I, too, will paint it pink! ;-)

  2. LOVE this- I am making this tomorrow for my 3 year old. He saw this and demanded one for himself. haha. Thanks!

  3. I'm awaiting my first grandchild here in England and because I have downsized to an apartment with no garden this will be ideal for the balcony!

  4. We will be making this for our learning farm!!

  5. looking to make one for my 2 yr old granddaughter; your table is much easier, simple and has a center support that I feel is very important for the use it will get! Plus, painting it never came to my mind! Great finishing touch! Thank you.

  6. How has the paint held up on the PVC pipe?

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  8. We love these at her preschool. We also filled them with corn, sand, rice, and seeds. Kids ❤️ These!

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