In our latest video we featured some ideas on how to do sensory activities at home with your children.

From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing.

Why Sensory Play is so important:

  • Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  • Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
  • This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
  • Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
  • This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)

You can use almost anything for sensory play and children from birth can benefit when they are introduced to sensory play.

3-6 Months

  • You can put your baby into a big container filled with different textured “objects” such as oats, dried rose petals, polystyrene balls, all bran flakes, cooked or raw macaroni/ spaghetti/rice, shaving foam, jelly and many more.
  • Talk to them about what they are feeling, how it feels and look at how they react towards the different textures.
      

7-12 Months

  • You can put your baby into a big container filled with different textured “objects” such as oats, dried rose petals, polystyrene balls, all bran flakes, cooked or raw macaroni/ spaghetti/rice, shaving foam, jelly and many more.
  • Talk to them about what they are feeling, how it feels and look at how they react towards the different textures
    
  • Hide a small toy in the container under the textured objects and help your baby to look for it.

            

  • Give your baby a scoop or big spoon to stir, scoop and play with in the texture. (But the most important is for them to discover it with their hands, feet, whole bodies and mouth).

                     

13-21 and 22 – 36 Months

  • Give your toddler a big container filled with any sensory texture (as mentioned above). Let them play with it and discover it by themselves.

 

  • Let you toddler scoop or spoon out some of it into another, smaller container.  Stir it around with a spoon.

            

  • Hide small toys inside the sensory container and let your toddler look for it.

                    

  • Put shaving foam on a window or a mirror and let your toddler draw a picture in it with their fingers.  Give them a cloth to clean afterwards

                   

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