Sensory play is anything involving our senses – hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and movement. It is important for children to engage in sensory play as it helps to develop motor skills, language skills, social-emotional skills, and thinking skills. Here are some great activities for sensory play.
• Slime – It is definitely the craze at the moment. Make your own or purchase some ready-made slime and have a gooey good time.
• Playdough – A little less messy but still great fun for kids and adults. Get creative and make cakes/burgers/pizzas or use cookie cutters to create different shapes.
• Sensory walk – Create an outdoor sensory walk by using grass, sand, pebbles and even a tub of dishwashing liquid bubbles.
• Rainbow glitter jars – Fill a jar/bottle with water, glitter glue and food colouring. Shake it up and watch the glitter fall.
• Musical toys – Fill rice in an empty water balloon, create a drum from a milo tin, the possibilities are endless!
• Smell scavenger hunt – Go on a scavenger hunt using your nose. Smell flowers, grass, the spices in the pantry etc.
• Cook with your kids – Experiment with tastes and textures.