Hi everyone! I’m back with another idea for activities you can do with your kids! Today I will be talking about sensory play for kids.
Sensory play is a very important part of a child’s development. You must have heard of the 5 senses. No? Well let me tell you – the 5 key senses are – look, touch, listen, smell and taste! These 5 senses are what sensory play is all about. I will talk about the benefits of sensory play for kids and I will also be giving you ideas of some activities you can do to promote sensory play.
Why sensory play is important in kids?
Firstly it supports all parts of children’s development. Their language development, physical development, intellectual development and social development. Sensory play activities encourage children to enhance their language skills, it encourages them to talk about what they can see, what it feels like. They will start to describe the textures and shapes. They will start exploring and investigating the sensory equipment. A good sensory activity is sensory balls – you can get different types of balls, from different sizes and some balls that light up too. I will try to find a link for you 🙂
Sensory play strengthens brain development by encouraging children to think in a calm fun way. Speaking of calm, sensory play has proven to have calming and comforting effects on children. By using lights or toys that have lighting functions are a good way for this. Sensory balls help to calm down restless children.
Children will develop their physical skills. These are called fine and gross motor skills. Sensory activities includes things which can be squeezed, squashed, pulled and thrown. This all adds to their physical development and this stimulates their many senses.
Sensory play is beneficial for their cognitive/ intellectual growth. They develop problem solving skills and it encourages children to explore and investigate things. You may find that when you present a meal to your children they will first smell it, or babies will dig their fingers straight in, much to our dismay ;). But what they are doing is trying to get a sense of what they are being presented with. They are learning about the textures, the feel, look of food. They want to investigate and explore what is in front of them. So meal times are also a part of a sensory experience which children are learning about! Interesting, right?
Sensory play is also found to be very beneficial for children with autism as it helps to stimulate their brain development and has calming effects.
Fun easy sensory activities
Now I will list some activities you can do with your kids.
- Play dough is a very good sensory activity
- Sand and water play – you can enhance their experience by adding different textures. Or by providing different types of sand – coloured sand, wet sand, dry sand. Cold water, warm water
- Finger painting
- Music – you could use musical instruments or play music in the background, add lights and scarfs and your kids will have a ball!
- Lights – light up toys
- Foam – this could be simple shaving foam. The textures on this would make for a great and fun sensory activity.
The choices are endless!
Sensory play is fun and extremely beneficial for kids!
So go on and enjoy some sensory activities with your kids! Have fun.
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