So what’s sensory play? Playing with your senses, of course! It gives kids the freedom to explore and learn using their senses. Research shows that sensory play develops nerve connection to brain pathway. This leads child’s ability in complex learning. And that starts with birth. When babies enter the world, they immediately start learning using their senses. As they grow, children’s senses are their most familiar and most basic way to explore and process new information. Sensory play enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses. This is a great way for children to explore the world they live in! There are many more reasons why sensory play is so essential.
Sensory Play is Where Kids Learn Senses Attributes
- sight: seeing different colors, shapes, textures, etc
- touch: feeling temperatures (like warm water or cold ice) and textures (like grainy sand or slimy playdoh)
- taste: sometimes that’s not a good thing when you don’t want them to eat something like paint (yuck!) haha
- hearing: like hearing the water splashing or rice clicking as they pour out from the container.
- smell: smelling the soapy shaving cream or lavender if you add the essential oil to the water sensory play
Sensory Play Helps with Kids’ Development
These skills are what your kids will develop as they do sensory play.
- fine motor skills
- gross motor skills
- exploring their environment
- developing imagination
- enabling creative thinking
- problem solving
- experimenting with solutions
- language development
- enhancing memory
- calming technique for anxious or frustrated kids
Sensory Play is Messy
Sensory play can get messy. Real messy. And you know what, MESSY IS GOOD! Messy play gives kids endless learning and encourages them to create and explore using their senses. So, let your kids be free with their mess. 🙂
Kids learn new things through sensory play
Sensory play is essential for kids’ learning and development because kids are introduced to new things such as colors, sand, food, words, numbers, and much more! My 20-months-old daughter learned how to count St. Patrick’s coins because of sensory play!
Too Much Work? Too hard? Don’t have the supplies?
Some parents may feel overwhelmed with the sensory play because they don’t have the time or the supplies. Most sensory activities need objects you already have around in your house. Bins, kitchen utensils, water, cooking ingredients, pom poms, rice, pasta, craft supplies, and the list goes on. After you gather the things you need, it should only take less than five minutes to set everything up. Your kids will be entertained long enough for you to sit down and relax. Below you will find five easy sensory activities.
Top Five Sensory Activities
Have fun and get MESSY! 😉
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child’s parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child’s pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.