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. Check in using #blossomingmommyandbaby and @blossomingmommyandbaby on your favorite social media platform!

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10 Ways to Incorporate Sensory Play! 

  1. Non-toxic play dough + play dough tools

  2. Moonsand with beads

  3. Rice/Bean Box (Fill a tub and hide toys inside!)

  4. Shaving cream exploration

  5. Balloon Tennis + Catch

  6. Board games using tweezers (i.e. Operation, etc)

  7. DIY Sensory bottle (Pinterest has a great variety and DIY recipes!)

  8. Yoga for kids

  9. Coloring on sand paper

  10. Sand play (beach or sandbox)

Enjoy, Moms and don't forget... get creative! 

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References:

  1. http://www.pbs.org/parents/child-development/sensory-play/

  2. http://www.aota.org/about-occupational-therapy/patients-clients/childrenandyouth/play.aspx