Sensory tables at Pear Tree

Paul Romani

Pear Tree now has two Sensory Tables, hand built by Erik Birner.

Our sensory tables give kids the chance to experience Explorative Learning, carrying out dramatic play using tactile and textured objects.

Sensory tables at Pear Tree Education, created by Erik Birner

Sensory tables at Pear Tree Education, created by Erik Birner


On one table are wooden building blocks (also hand built) for our Medieval Times camp. On the other is coloured rice (also dyed by Pear Tree), which still need some extra cups and equipment. We’re also going to be adding sand to that table. And, we use both tables for Lego!

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To you and I, such things might seem ordinary. But, to kids, these tactile, textured things become extraordinary, because they have fantastic imaginations!
An A-License welder and metal sheet fabricator by trade, Erik (Alexis’ brother) also helped to build Pear Tree’s roleplay camping set, and he painted our new kids’ table and chair set. He is a constant reminder to us that talent isn’t just about computers or pen and paper. Some of the most valuable people in our society are those that use their hands to create and build.