Sensory play and sensory exploration is paramount in helping our little ones understand themselves…and the world! It covers all the necessities in early development — physical, cognitive, social and emotional.
Here are a few things you may not have known about sensory play!
- Sensory play isn’t all about touch. Sight, smell, taste, hearing, vestibular, proprioception…they’re all important!
- Sensory play can help calm your anxious or frustrated little one. Ever notice that bath time seems to calm your little one? It’s the sensory play!
- Massaging your little one is a form of sensory play. It helps them understand their body and touch.
- Sensory play supports cognitive skills like language development.
- Children use their senses to collect data about life.
- Every child can be successful at sensory play, building confidence.
- Sensory play builds neural pathways in the brain, strengthening their problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Sensory play aids our little ones in building emotional awareness and expression.
- Using the senses to accomplish a task allows your child to learn even more throughout the activity.
- Sensory play is a great group activity. It provides a positive environment where children can begin to share their ideas and work together!