Exploring STEM Through Sensory Play with Tom Bedard | CHARNWOOD ACT

Exploring STEM Through Sensory Play with Tom Bedard | CHARNWOOD ACT


Creating a Dynamic Sensory Table: Breathe new life into your sand and water table and inspire STEM Thinking

Thursday 12 September 2019

Time: 4pm - 7pm

Venue: St Thomas Aquinas Primary School

Address: 25 Lhotsky St


Children tell the story of discovery and the joy of learning at the sand and water tray as they explore cheap and easy-to-build constructions in and around the sensory table.  Through photos, videos and anecdotes, the children use non-scripted play to take charge of their own learning in all developmental domains, especially scientific thinking.  Explore the value of sensory play in developing STEM thinking skills.  Participants will also explore how this can be adapted in an outdoor sandpit, discuss implementation strategies, embracing the mess and how to bring all educators on board.  

In this hands-on practical session participants create their own construction to use in their sand or water tray. 

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Tom Bedard, M.Ed., Early Childhood Education and, in 2009, was the first early childhood teacher to be named finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program.   Before retiring from the classroom in 2016, he worked in the field of early childhood education for 38 years. During that time, he taught thousands of children in all age groups from infants to preschoolers representing diverse backgrounds and abilities.  


His specialty has been to promote and analyze exploration of sensory play to better understand children’s curiosity and competence in all areas of development.  Through international, national, regional, and local presentations and through blogging on sand a water tables, he has created a platform for parents and practitioners from all over the world to reflect on children as learners and inspire them to imagine new possibilities for dynamic play and learning at the sensory table.


Educators looking for ways to expand and enrich play and learning with easy-to-make, low-cost materials or anyone who appreciates children's messy play will love this session.