Sensory play involves more than just exploring textures, it includes activities that stimulate all senses – touch, sound, sight, smell and taste. Sensory play is a great way for children to develop their motor skills. It also teaches language skills and critical thinking skills in a fun and challenging environment. There are numerous different types of sensory play.
Think outside the box when introducing sensory play to your children. Here are a few ideas for all the senses:
Messy play – Perfect for touch. Texture toys like slime, play dough and kinetic sand give children the chance to feel these different textures through creative play.
Baker’s delight – Let their noses guide them by introducing the smells and tastes of the kitchen through baking. You can even stage a pantry treasure hunt and sniff various herbs, spices and other aromatic ingredients.
Music to their ears – Explore sound sensations by crafting musical instruments at home. Try filling rice into an empty water balloon or creating a drum from a MILO tin.