Answer this: Do your children engage enough in sensory play?
Yes? That’s impressive!
No? They won’t, unless you encourage them to!
But how do I do that, you ask?
Well, keep reading!
Table of Contents
- What is Sensory Play
- 4 Key Benefits of Sensory Play
- Simple Ideas to Engage Your Child in Sensory Play
What is Sensory Play?
In our unstoppable and ever-so-busy world, there’s easily plenty of stuff we take for granted.
But the things that top that list are our very own senses!
The sense of sight that assists you to watch a toddler’s cute and dimpled smile.
The sense of hearing helps you listen to the musical splash of ocean waves on a serene evening.
The sense of taste that you utilize to relish the flavors and spices in your beloved pepperoni pizza.
The sense of touch that aids you to feel this fresh and dewy, green grass on the bottom of your feet.
The Sense of smell that is the reason why you wear your favorite perfume.
There are different ways in which we fathom this wonderful, wonderful world, and sensory play involves healthy and active acknowledgement of it all. Putting it simply, sensory play comprises any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses of touch, sight, hearing, taste, smell, as well as the senses of movement and balance.
4 Key Benefits Of Sensory Activities
In case of sensory play, there’s a lot more than meets the eye. Here are some revitalizing and momentous benefits of Sensory Play.
1. Motor Skills
Your dear infant is a new member in this world, and has not been so well-equipped with its body yet. Considering that, simple sensory play activities like sticking little leaves on the drawing of a tree can enhance your infant’s motor skills such that it will be better aware of its own bodily movements.
2. Brain Development
Your child’s abundant brain cells have infinite connections called synapses. Synapse-production helps their brain conserve information and ideas from early childhood days to a young age, building a strong foundation.
The sensory play employs their little gray cells, thus creating powerful cell-connections in the brain that help the young one prosper in the later years of life.
3. Memory Development
There’s only a small amount of information in your little one’s mind. Your child has not seen much in the world yet, and it’s important that it retains all information from a young age. Sensory play implants the data deep into your child’s subconscious, and getting involved in sensory play provides a creative platform that strengthens the child’s memory; which aids the child to remember things better and longer.
4. Scientific Thinking
Sensory play is the kind of play that substantially involves the senses. It aids the mind of your young one to distinguish between things correctly, and look at the world through the lenses of Science. Most importantly, sensory play develops your child’s problem-solving skills, while making their understanding of everyday things improve significantly. As a result, your child is able to interact in a healthier and better way with the environment.
Some Sensory Activities to Engage Your Child in Sensory Play
There are endless ways you can engage your child in sensory play.
Here are a few ideas.
1. Color All-Around
We all love colors, don’t we?
Get your child painting or doodling their favorite Superhero on a blank canvas, or simply prepare containers with labels of different colors, and ask your child to fill the containers according to the labels.
In addition, you can also teach them the concept of primary and secondary colors. For instance, make them mix two colors (like blue and yellow) in a container, and ask them to identify the newly formed color (green).
Experiment with different colors and enjoy!
2. Kitchen Chemistry
Most ingredients that you’d need for sensory play reside at your own kitchen cupboards.
Teach your kids the science behind why things float and sink using eggs:
- First, you fill two glasses about ½ full of water.
- In the first glass, place the egg into the glass and watch it sink.
- Take the second glass now, and add 3 spoons of salt. Stir until combined.
- Place the egg into the second glass and watch it float.
Ask the child why the egg floats in the second case.
Explain them that the saltwater solution’s density is higher than the egg’s, making the egg float!
Or make them do a small volcano eruption DIY using simple ingredients from the kitchen:
- Fill a glass or paper cup about ⅔ full of water.
- Add to it 3-4 tbs of baking soda, 1 tbs of dish soap, a little food coloring to add color to the volcano.
- Make your child construct a mound out of gravel (or dirt) around the cup giving it a “mountainy” shape.
- Stir well and then slowly pour vinegar (or lemon juice) into the cup and watch a volcano erupt right there!
3. Homemade PlayDough
Homemade Playdough is a fun way to engage your little one. Playdoughs are little, cheap and fun additions to your child’s playtime.
Here’s how they can make one at home:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 4 teaspoons tartar cream
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 2 tbs of coconut oil
- Food coloring
- Quart sized bags
First, mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot, and stir them together. Second, we add water and oil, and add some coloring. Third, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. After continuous stirring, the dough will have thickened. And now the dough will start to form a ball. When this happens, remove it and place it inside a bag. Let the dough cool slightly, and then kneed it until smooth. Also, if you’re adding colors after, divide the dough into balls (for how many colors you want) and then add the dough into the quart sized bags. Start with about 5 drops of color and add more to brighten it. Knead the playdough well. And now the playdough is ready to engage your child’s senses!
Store it inside a bag.
The gooey Oobleck is a non-newtonian liquid. In other words, Oobleck is something that possesses the properties of both solids and liquids simultaneously!
Here’s how your child can make the Oobleck:
- Put some corn flour in a tray.
- Add some orbeez (water balls) and some water.
- Add a little food coloring and mix everything.
Note: Please take care that your child performs all these activities under your supervision.
We hope you try out our sensory play with your child and let us know how it worked in the comments!
WonderLab’s contributions to promote Sensory Play
At WonderLab, we believe that every child is special, and that childhood is the golden time for growth and development. We understand that in order to flourish and bloom in the later years of life, sensory play is a vital part of your child’s journey into adulthood. Considering that, we make continuous efforts to engage children in all of the above activities, and many others. For this, we provide exciting and engaging sensory play activities like Slime Making, Oobleck, Playdough, Bubble Painting, Aquart and lots more to rejuvenate and enrich the senses of your little ones.
For more information, feel free to contact us at +919319600911.
Happy Sensory Playing..!