Sensory Play

What is it & why is it beneficial?

Sensory play is play that engages your child's senses. This includes sight, smell, touch, sound & taste as well as movement, balance and spatial awareness. When a child is born, their senses aren’t fully developed. Sensory play encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity. It also aids in the the development of motor and language skills by helping to build the brain nerve connections.

Sensory Play for Babies

  • Skin to skin - letting your baby lay on your chest enhances a babies sense of touch.
  • Textures - allow your baby to explore the feeling of different materials such as fur, wool, corduroy, velvet and leather.
  • Balls - use balls of different colours and/or textures and show your baby how to roll, drop and bounce them to build motor skills.
  • Bells & Rattles - great for sound stimulation.
  • Water play - bath time is great for new sensory activities. Squeeze toys, cups and watering cans all offer different experiences.
    *always supervise children around water
            

 

Sensory Play for Toddlers & Preschoolers

  • Sensory bin - the possibilities are endless. Ice, water, pasta - both cooked and dry, rice, sand, slime & cloud foam. Set up activities with jugs to pour, trucks to drive, spoons to dig, dinosaurs to find. A child's imagination is limitless.
  • Finger painting - painting doesn't have to limited to just paint. There are many edible options that can be used as an alternative (because lets be honest, toddlers are probably going to eat it too!) Baby food, yogurt tinted with food colour or even condiments.
  • Dino jelly dig - this one is exactly as it sounds. Set some dinosaurs in a bowl of jelly and once ready, lets dig them out.
  • Marshmallow building - using marshmallows and spaghetti, what will your little on create.
  • Volcano building - you can make the structure out of so many choices - clay, mud, paper mache - then comes the fun. Mix baking soda with vinegar and watch your volcano erupt.