Developing Skills With Sensory Play
Sensory Play is a term defined as
"..any activity that stimulates your young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore". ~PBS Parents (Source)
As adults, we know that play is a child's "occupation". Likewise, when your child(ren) play, they are developing many skills (gross and fine motor, social, emotional regulation, hand-eye coordination, physical coordination, confidence, communication) to help navigate and conquer their environment and/or activity. Overtime and with a variety of different exposures to different play, these skills progress, and truly lay the foundation for your child's interaction with the world around him/her.
Alright Mom... now that you understand the importance of play, let's get those creative juices flowing!
Play = Development. Bonus tip? With variety (i.e. textures, shapes, objects, temperature, etc), these skills are enhanced even more! Take a look below for some fun ideas on how to incorporate sensory play into your home today. Which ideas are your favorite? Let me know and be sure to snap a pic of your sensory play! I'd love to see how you're adding this component of play into your daily routine. Checkin using #blossomtobefit and @blossomtobefit on your favorite social media platform!
10 Ways to Incorporate Sensory Play!
Non-toxic play dough + play dough tools
Moonsand with beads
Rice/Bean Box (Fill a tub and hide toys inside!)
Shaving cream exploration
Balloon Tenis + Catch
Board games using tweezers (i.e. Operation, etc)
DIY Sensory bottle (Pinterest has a great variety and DIY recipes!)
Yoga for kids
Coloring on sand paper
Sand play (beach or sandbox)
Enjoy, Moms and don't forget... get creative!
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