This summer, I started to participate in a book study through the Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota. The book study used the Reggio publication entitled: dialogues with places. The book examines how the children use all their senses and their whole bodies to investigate space and reflects on how children subsequently make meaning of a place through those investigations. Because their investigations were always new and fresh, it was not unusual for them to pick up on features such as holes in the ceiling or cracks in the floor that adults simply ignore. For the children, though, those were important features to animate. Those were important features that were "invitations" for the children to enter into a dialogue with the place and to ultimately create meaning.
For me, the sensory table is such a place. It is a place in which children enter into a dialogue with the apparatus. It is a place in which children find those "cracks" and "holes" for which they create meaning. It is a place in which they use all their senses and their whole body to investigate.