To break down the basics of Sensory play – I’ve devised the 3 S’s of Sensory play.
S – Senses
Sensory play is any activity that stimulates one, or more, of a child’s senses (touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing).
It can be as simple as smelling flowers on a walk to the park.
S – Stimulating
Sensory activities encourage exploration and invite children to play, create and investigate.
When planning sensory activities, keep safety in mind. Think about choking hazards, toxicity of materials, etc. You know your child best!
The Benefits of Sensory Play:
There are many proven benefits to provide your child with sensory stimulating experiences, including:
- language development;
- cognitive growth;
- fine and/or gross motor skills;
- problem solving skills; and
- social interaction.
It helps to keep a few things on hand to facilitate sensory activities. Some ideas include:
- measuring cups and spoons;
- a large deep bin or water/sand table;
- large freezer bags;
- hair gel;
- baby oil;
- shaving or whipped cream;
- glitter, sparkles or sequins;
- spices, etc.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but with these materials, you will easily be able to participate in many of the sensory activities I share without running to the store.