What is sensory play?
Sensory play is any play that stimulates your child’s senses. Parents and teachers of young children should integrate sensory play into their day to day activities to activate the senses. Choose activities that bring in sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. There are many great sensory activities that bring up one or more of the senses as well as fostering your child’s natural imagination and curiosity. Sensory bins and sensory tables are some of the best and easiest ways to bring sensory play into your child’s routine.
Importance of sensory play
Since infancy, children have been learning through their senses. They touch things to feel the difference in texture. They observe the different sounds a parent makes. They love peekaboo and learn about object permanence through simple play. It is sensory play that teaches children about how the world works. These activities are the groundwork of more complex ideas. For example, a simple activity using a pompom placed down a cardboard tube sets the stage for bigger scientific concepts about gravity.
Want to incorporate sensory play into your daily routine? Here are some quick and easy activities to get you started.
- Incorporate high contrast images or toys to your baby’s toy bin
- Create a simple sensory bin with rice and pom poms
- Make air dry clay