Using their senses is one of the most important ways children can learn about the world around them. Here are four quick facts/benefits of sensory play:
1. Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain.
Sensory play is necessary for the development of sensory integration and consequently, cognitive development!
2. Sensory play helps to develop fine motor skills.
Sensory play often involves touch – encouraging specific actions such as squeezing, pinching, moving, and pouring. These actions build fine motor skills, which will become useful in day to day life.
3. Sensory play encourages scientific exploration.
When children engage in sensory play they will be observing, forming conclusions as well as problem solving!
4. Sensory play allows children to refine their threshold.
As children explore the world around them through their senses, they learn to slowly filter out different sensory experiences. This helps them to refine their threshold and manage sensory overwhelm in their day to day life.
Next week at Creating Together we’ll be offering the option to Make Your Own Sensory Bag at the art table! Join us on April 28th and enjoy these sensory benefits!