It is never too late (or too early) to start exploring sensory play. If your child is a day old or 12 years old, there is a sensory project that they will enjoy.
First thing’s first with Sensory Play
Let’s take a step back and look at the “why”. Why is sensory play so important for children? Sensory play helps the brain make connections that are not otherwise made with other forms of play. On top of that, the children are also able to explore their five senses as well. Adding the use of your child’s sense will enhance their playing.
If you are like many people I know, the first thing you think when you hear the phrase “sensory play” is messy. While getting messy is also amazing for your kiddo, it doesn’t have to be messy.
For the little ones
For smaller kids incorporating sensory play is a bit easier than older ones. Something as simple as pointing out the feeling of the wind in their hair or grass on their feet will make them aware of those feelings.
My kids are older…what can I do?
For the older kids sensory play is still very helpful for them. Doing projects that are hands on will help them feel more involved. Get them involved in things like planting a garden, or helping in the kitchen. The key to older kids is to get them up and moving so their whole body can be involved in the sensory process.
As long as kids are ready to play and learn sensory play is helpful. Even as they go beyond the playing to learn stages incorporating their five senses still helps them learn better. The connections that are formed from sensory play will help enhance many other areas of their lives as well.
We all have very busy lives but, it doesn’t take much to add sensory aspects to the playtime your child already has.
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