Look at us experimenting with some nice pink gloop! The children used different resources to make patterns in the gloop, and also used their hands and fingers to feel the texture. They also enjoyed picking it up and letting it drip off their fingers! The children really enjoyed exploring this sensory play!
Benefits of Sensory Play
You’ve probably heard of sensory play, but did you know that this type of play is very beneficial for children? From birth, babies learn about their world using their 5 senses: seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling & tasting. 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!
Here are 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial:
1. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
3. This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory.
4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child.
5. This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry).
There are many sensory activities, some favourites include cloud dough, play dough, sensory tubs, water beads, and shaving cream.
The best part of sensory play is that it provides an opportunity for every child to succeed. Children who struggle academically can find solace in sensory play. A simple act of running fingers through water beads is calming and therapeutic.
We hope you’re brave enough to try some activities with your little ones!