Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance.
By providing this type of activity children will learn more about the world around them in a natural way, through their senses. Such activities contribute to brain development by stimulating the neurons in the brain to make connections and help with development in all areas of learning.
For example, as children explore sensory materials they develop their sense of touch. This lays the foundation for learning other skills, such as identifying objects by touch and using fine and gross motor skills. These motor skills can be refined through molding, scooping, splashing, and shaping objects.
Benefits Of Sensory Play
Sensory play is a type of play that activates and stimulates a child’s senses. Often, the sensory play focuses on stimulating touch, sight, and hearing as those senses are most accessible. These senses are how they learn about the world around them and make sense of the many new things they’re experiencing each day.
- It helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
- It encourages the development of motor skills.
- It supports language development.
- It encourages scientific thinking and problem-solving.
- It can involve mindful activities which are beneficial for all children.
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