Sensory play involves more than just exploring textures, it includes activities that stimulate all senses – touch, sound, sight, smell and taste. Sensory play is a great way for children to develop their motor skills. It also teaches language skills and critical thinking skills in a fun and challenging environment. There are numerous different types of sensory play but today we have just three simple ideas for you.
Think outside the box when introducing sensory play to your children. Here are a few ideas for all the senses:
Messy play – Perfect for touch. Texture toys like slime, play dough and kinetic sand give children the chance to feel these different textures through creative play. Check out our pumpkin scented Halloween Slime – perfect for messy play!
Baker’s delight – Let their noses guide them by introducing the smells and tastes of the kitchen through baking. You can even stage a pantry treasure hunt and sniff various herbs, spices and other aromatic ingredients. Check out our recipes, the Chinese Greens Stir-Fry is perfect for this, and full of aromatics!
Music to their ears – Explore sound sensations by crafting musical instruments at home. Try filling rice into an empty water balloon or creating a drum from a Milo tin.