Updated: Jun 16, 2021
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.
Sensory play is only limited by our own imagination; with of course some common sense being used around the materials and types of play appropriate for child’s age and ability.
From birth to early childhood, children use their five senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. It’s an important part of early childhood development, and LIS pre primary provides opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ which is crucial to brain development. Sensory exploration is beneficial for all children
We have a list which help you focus on specific sensory areas; we have divided the ideas by sensory systems.
Ø Auditory Sensory Activities
Ø Oral Sensory Activities
Ø Visual Sensory Activities
Ø Tactile Sensory Activities
Ø Olfactory Sensory Activities: (smelling bottles, scented bottles etc)
Ø Vestibular Sensory Activities: (movement and balance)
Ø Proprioception Sensory Activities:( jump, hang upside down etc)
Sensory play is any activity that involves engaging the senses. Generally speaking, the more senses you can include the better development in other skills you will observe as mentioned below.
Ø Encourages problem solving.
Ø Increases brain development.
Ø Provides sensory input.
Ø Better retention.
Ø Language development.
Ø Regulating emotions and behavior.
Ø Improves fine motor skills.
There’s another benefit to sensory play that is just as important as all the others mentioned here. IT’S FUN!