Sensory Play – Playing with the senses is the easiest way to support children in their natural desire of discovery and exploring their senses. It enchantes a satisfying smile, chuckles and sounds - or depth concentration and absorption.
Sensory Play is a way of playing where children use more than one of their senses. Sensory Play focuses on stimulating all the senses - the sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch and movement (Depth perception and balance).
Research shows that small children in particular only rely on their senses to discover and understand their environment – however the opportunities for babies and toddlers to explore their senses are decreasing.
By giving children the opportunity to satisfy their needs of sensory experiences, there will be less “unwanted behaviour”. This means they rip less books apart, spill less water etc. because they are allowed to do it, when there is the time for it.
Pros – The meaning behind the game with the senses
Current brain research shows that Sensory Play helps to develop nerves and brainconnections and to strengthen them.
Children will be supported in learning and understanding complex processes.
The pros of Sensory Play are:
- support in language development, cognitive skills, social skills and problemsolving skills
- support in developing the fine and gross motor skills
- support in developing and enlargment of the memory
- creating a calming and balancing effect on restless or frustrated children and offers them the opportunity to experience success
- help in the development of the feeling of "self" (what do I like, what do I dislike?)
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