WHAT IS SENSORY PLAY?
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.
EXAMPLES OF SENSORY PLAY:
Play dough (oh yeah!), swinging, finger painting, shaving cream drawing, balance beam, slime, rice buckets, ball pits, kinetic sand, water beads, mud pies.
WHY SENSORY PLAY?
5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial:
Builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which leads to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
Supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
Aids in developing and enhancing memory.
Helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry).
Source: Educational Playcare website, 2020