Children learn about the world through their senses. Sensory play allows for open ended exploration at children’s own pace through using all their senses. Touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight are a few of the senses developing in early childhood. Because sensory play is so multifaceted, children also begin to develop their sense of self and body awareness. Sensory play also helps builds the foundation for future learning. One example is social-emotional learning. Many children learn to self-regulate and create healthy emotional coping mechanisms through sensory play. Activities such as squeezing playdough or transferring water between cup can be soothing for some children and supports emotional regulation and wellbeing.
Sensory play helps build and strengthen neural pathways in the brain. These neural pathways help establish, reinforce and support the brain development.
Did you know that children are more likely to remember experiences when one or more of their senses are engaged.?
Tips for getting started:
Allow for multiple ways to engage in sensory play, all children are different.
Ask open-ended questions