Sensory play are games and activities that give children a chance to experience their world using all of their senses. We experience a lot of the world through our eyes, but it’s important to get our senses of smell, taste, touch, and hearing involved too. You’ve probably seen water and sand tables that let kids get their senses involved. Here are some of the reasons sensory play helps kids.
1. Sensory play develops fine motor skills
Gross motor skills are often developed first; this group includes walking, running, jumping, etc. The fine motor skills develop later and take more practice. Sensory play games and toys have small pieces that must be manipulated carefully and with precision. Your child will practice snapping, sorting, zipping, pinching, tying, and separating.
2. Sensory play is soothing
Generally, sensory play is stationary and mentally intense. After some sensory games, children are generally calm and tired (you’ve probably noticed this after bath time, which is a form of sensory play). It regulates discomfort, anxiety, restless and agitation. It’s a great pre-bedtime activity.
3. Sensory play improves your child’s memory
Like most skills, our memory is enhanced through practice. By interacting with different textures, smells, and even tastes, kids build different kinds of memories.
4. Sensory play offers a pre-language learning environment
Teaching is harder during the ages before your child can speak. As your children explore their sensory tub (or table or bucket), they’ll experience new and abstract sensations. They’ll be able to learn complicated concepts like “wet,” “gritty,” and “slimy” before you’re able to explain them.
5. Sensory play builds nerve connections
As I’m sure you know, the first years are important for brain growth. Many of the nerve connections are built during this phase, which means the more stimulate a baby’s brain with play and learning, the more connections will develop. People with more neural pathways are able to complete more complex tasks and handle difficult problems. Through sensory play, your child will expand the areas of the brain that respond to those senses and, essentially, learn how to learn better.
6. Sensory play is the scientific method
The scientific method (if you can recall back from middle school) is a tool used to evaluate the world objectively. It requires lots of experimentation and comparison of data. It’s one of the best ways to learn new concepts and a tool we use every day. Your children will get an early lesson on this during their sensory play.
Guest Blog by Christina Plejdrup, Mom and Inventor of the Minkey
Christina Plejdrup is a mother of a 3-year-old girl, Oliva, who tried many different winter products to see if she could find anything that could get her daughter to keep her gloves on as well as her hat and scarf. Christina tried everything, but nothing worked!
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