The Benefits of Sensory Play
Sensory play is any activity that stimulates many of your child’s senses. This could be hearing, sight, touch, smell, or taste. It also includes play that involves movement or balance, through sensory play, some children will discover which senses are more calming for them, Sensory play helps your child’s language learning too, as linking experiences with their senses helps children to remember the words that went with them, by providing this type of activity children will learn more about the world around them in a natural way, through their senses. Such activities contribute to brain development by stimulating the neurons in the brain to make connections and help with development in all areas of learning.
- Sensory play builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing for more complex learning tasks
- Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction
- Sensory play aids in developing and enhancing memory functioning
- Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
- Sensory play helps children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc.