Ready, steady… create! An activity table is a multi-functional key element in any classroom or learning environment. From giving each kid enough personal space to allowing them to form different groups whenever needed, activity tables are versatile tools on their educational journey.

That's only if you pick the right ones for them, though! Here's what you should consider in order to choose activity tables that match your young students' needs.

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What Are the Best Types of Tables for Different Activities & Scenarios?

Kids activity tables come in a large variety of colors: whether you're striving for a vibrant, stimulating environment or a calming space that helps them focus, it won't be hard to find the perfect hue. However, the most important thing is actually to find tables whose layout matches the right activity and scenario:

What Is the Best Shape for an Activity Table?

Plastic Metal Rectangular Activity Table
Cedar Preschool Square Activity Table
Laminate Metal Circular Activity Table
Dry Erase Whiteboard Rectangular Activity Table
Solid Wood Circular Activity Table
Solid Wood Square Activity Table
2 Panel Kit Rectangular Activity Table
4 Panel Kit Square Activity Table
Manufactured Wood Novelty Activity Table
Multi Functional Collaborative Activity Table
Wooden Laminate Horseshoe Activity Table
Green Plastic Square Activity Table
Half Moon Kidney Activity Table
Horseshoe Laminate Adjustable Activity Table
Erase Whiteboard Kidney Activity Table
White Yellow Kidney Activity Table
Modern Laminate Kidney Activity Table
Elegant Practical Horseshoe Activity Table
Maple Wood Octagon Activity Table
Novelty Steel Laminate Activity Table
Extra-safe Durable Octagon Activity Table
Manufactured Wood Childcraft’s Activity Table
Four Cutout Kids Writing Table
Steel Plastic Novelty Activity Table

What Is the Right Size for an Activity Table?

Consider the number of kids and the dimensions of the classroom, but don't forget to leave enough room to pull out the chairs and walk around them!

For a kid to sit comfortably, allow them around 18-20 inches (in width) of personal space, 60" between tables, and 48" of aisle room.

For example:

As for height, you've got two options:

Whiteboard Metal Circular Activity Table
Rectangular Maple Laminate Activity Table
Cedar Work Novelty Activity Table
Adjustable Height Rectangular Activity Table
Adjustable Height Square Activity Table
Manufactured Wood Metal Activity Table

What Is the Best Material for an Activity Table?

As for table tops, laminate, plastic and whiteboard are the best materials: they're durable, waterproof and easy to clean. Plastic, especially, is very lightweight, making these frames more suitable for the youngest kids.

Simple Laminate Rectangular Activity Table
Adjustable Height Circular Activity Table
Plastic Brown Novelty Activity Table
Wood Metal Rectangular Activity Table
Non-toxic Stain-resistant Circular Activity Table
Simple Modern 5 Piece Rectangle Activity Table

Are There Any Safety Aspects to Keep in Mind When Choosing Activity Tables for Kids?

Yes! Your new activity tables should help you create a safe space, not bring a new hazard into the classroom. Stay clear of tables with particularly pointy and hard edges, as well as unsanded wood which could result in splinters.

If your students are very young, make sure that their tables have thick legs and are quite short and sturdy: this will reduce the risk of them pulling the tables onto themselves when standing up, and prevent them from hurting themselves if they manage to do so.

Quick Tips

We know, that was a lot to take in all at once. However, now that you know exactly what to look for, it'll be much easier to choose activity tables that match your specific requirements! Here are the most important things to remember: