Children begin utilizing sensory input on the first day of their lives. Before a baby can move his own body or speak a word, he is developing an understanding of the world around him based on his senses of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch.
Engaging the senses through play creates a better way for children to learn, process information and make sense of new things, as the sensory system is familiar learning ground for kids in the scientific process.
Offering your children invitations for sensory play provides numerous benefits that will last them a lifetime. Considering that we use our five senses throughout our lives, dedicating time to developing the senses at the beginning of life is an investment in the future. Let's explore the ways sensory play can benefit your little ones.
By engaging the senses, children acquire early language skills and an expanded vocabulary as they grow.
Children will discover differences between objects and develop preferences. An example would be that after a sensory play session involving taste your toddler might be able to tell you that they want something sweet instead of something bitter at snack time. Experiencing new things will lead to excitement and your child is likely to want to talk about what they have been up to, which is great for language development.
Sensory play often makes use of a variety of objects. Picking up the items in a sensory table, bin or box will improve fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are important for all children and later will play a role in their handwriting skills.
Gross Motor Skills
Sensory play will involve elements of exploration. As children squat, hop and climb they will develop gross motor skills. These skills help them to develop coordination and learn to control their bodies.
When children engage in sensory play with other children they learn to work together, share and develop a sense of teamwork.
Early Science Reasoning Skills
As children begin to manipulate items and experience different materials in different settings, they will begin to understand cause and effect as well as state of matter.
As an added bonus, sensory play is often dramatic play. Dramatic play has numerous benefits as well, to sweeten the deal for parents. No matter how simple or elaborate sensory play sessions with your little one are, a lot of big things are happening in the mind of your little one who is learning and making connections based on play to last a lifetime.
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