What is sensory play?
Sensory play incorporates any activity that stimulates the senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Children-as well as adults, learn best and retain information when their senses are engaged. Imagine trying to learn about how ice melts without watching the experience or holding it in your hand. Imagine trying to learn to use the computer without physically having a computer. It seems impractical and challenging right?
Why is sensory play important
By experiencing, exploring and manipulating materials and events via sensory play, several wonderful opportunities to improve and sharpen cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skills arise. Wouldn’t you want your child to have the best possible start to learning?
Cognitive: develops problem solving and decision making through observations of trial and error and cause and effect
Social and Emotional: children have the opportunity to express themselves when working together and gain great delight in solving problems and discussing their findings. This boosts confidence and inspires eagerness to learn and experiment.
Physical: a vital skill in life is to develop and strengthen fine and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills often refer to the coordination of small muscle movements (generally in the hands) that allow one to complete important tasks such as writing, holding items and tying shoelaces.
Gross motor skills involve the larger muscles of the body for running, pulling, kicking and throwing. Sensory play provides ultimate experiences for developing physical proficiency over one’s body.
Creative: sensory play is open ended, so the experience is open for all ages and for both boys and girls allowing learning to take place of multiple levels.
Linguistic: sensory play encourages children to use descriptive and expressive language to discover the true meaning of the word. Picture trying to learn the word ‘fluffy’ without physically touching something that is fluffy, the word would be frustrating to convey.
What products can assist sensory play
Sweet Elephants understands that sensory play is vital for children- whether they are babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers or older, to experience on a daily basis. Check out our items for particular age groups below:
-My First Puzzle
-My First Tool Set
-Eye Spy Bags