The children have been making potions, adding, mixing and pouring a variety of liquids and solids during their sensory play. During their sensory play the children are developing a range of skills and processes such as problem-solving, enquiry, experimentation, researching and investigating.
“I can smell chocolate and coffee.”
“I am squeezing it. It’s frozen. The heart is melting.”
“I’m pouring it. Look! It has bubbles.”
Did you know ?
Sensory play activities naturally encourages children to explore and investigate through their senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.
Hands on sensory activities can be set up at home using a variety of sensory materials found around the home or garden.
A few ideas to try at home-
Go on a walk and encourage children to explore textures in nature
Close your eyes and listen for sounds in the home or outdoors
Cooking activities or tasting new foods
Messy play using materials such as mud, water, sand or paint.
Some of the benefits of Sensory Play-
Stimulates the senses
Develops muscles in hands and arms
Awareness of shape, space and measure
Experimenting and sharing ideas
Can be a calming experience