Children's Activities

Sensory Play For Kids

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.

What is sensory play?

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.

  1. Play dough is a very good sensory activity
  2. 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
  3. Finger painting
  4. Music – you could use musical instruments or play music in the background, add lights and scarfs and your kids will have a ball!
  5. Lights – light up toys
  6. 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.

I hope you enjoyed this post today. Please feel free to leave a comment below or ask any questions if you wish.

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2 Comments

  1. Great article to read, thanks. I suppose sensory plays are good at any age? My grandsons are 5 and 7 and they love to play in the sand and get dirty. 🙂

    It’s such a pity they are partly confined at the moment because of the lockdown. They are allowed to go to school, but not to play outside and certainly not to enter the playground. Not only is playing there good for their sensory activities, but also to get rid of an overload of energy.

    Your article reminded me of an incident a couple of years ago. The family was in a hired apartment and the couches were white! (Who on earth thinks it’s clever to rent out an apartment to a family with small children if there is white cloth furniture).

    The youngest was 2 then and you can guess what happend, can’t you? He loved his finger paint and was very proud of himself that he had decorated the couch all by himself with little hand prints everywhere. ROFLOL

    1. Omg i can’t even begin to imagine what the landlord thought of it after LOL!
      I agree, sensory play can be for anyone, including adults. If you think about it, sometimes when we’re stressed we like to hold something and squeeze it because it’s relieving stress as your focusing on the ball instead. That is a sensory act.

      It’s a shame they can’t go outside because that’s where most kids enjoy and learn. In my children’s school, they can go out but only in their bubble and for a short period of time. But i guess something is better than nothing, right?

      Thank you for your comments 🙂

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