We love seeing kids explore their senses and making a mess! Why is sensory play so important? Read below to find out more
By CPL KINDERKINETICS
Ah sensory play, don’t we just love it! All the mess, but oh all the fun!
Sensory play is an awesome tool for your kids to explore their imagination, build nerve connections in the brain and encourage the development of motor skills, cognitive skills, social skills and language skills.
“Creativity is MESSY, and we are very CREATIVE”
Encouraging the use of the 5 senses in early childhood is crucial for their development. Our senses play a vital role in helping us to understand the world, learn about objects and new things. There are many benefits of sensory play including:
- Problem solving
- Enhancing brain development
- Providing sensory input
- Increased retention
- Encouraging language development
- Helps regulate emotions and behaviour
- Improves fine motor skills
- Best of all it is fun
Read more about the benefits here.
Ideas for Sensory Play:
- Kitchen Utensils
Make use of common household utensils such as a soup spoon,
wooden spoon and baking measurement cups. This will help improve your child’s fine motor skills, while learning to pour, scope, mix and more!
- Alphabet & Number Hide and Seek
Place a piece of paper underneath the box with random letters or numbers all over the page. Using their hands or a paint brush, ask them to move the rice and look for certain letters.
- Find and Sort
Hide objects in the rice box that they need to find. You can make use of different coloured items that they then need to sort into colour groups.
- Pre Writing Skills
Give your child a paint brush and a set of pre- writing cards. Ask them to trace these lines in the rice. You can also give them shapes to trace.
- Play dough
Play dough allows for your child’s imagination to run wild. Give them the rolling pin and knife and let them explore how these work. You can start encouraging them to make certain shapes, letters or numbers as they become more familiar.