Sensory play is an important part of early childhood development.
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance.
It encourages children to explore and investigate helping their brain to create stronger connections to sensory information and learn which are useful and which can be filtered out.
Some reasonable benefits are-
🗣️ It helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
🗣️ It encourages the development of motor skills.
🗣️ It supports language development.
🗣️ It encourages ‘scientific thinking’ and problem solving.
🗣️ It can involve mindful activities which are beneficial for all children.
Few things to keep in mind while setting up messy sensory plays for toddlers :-
💡Always place a mat below
💡Use large Thali’s / Trays / Bowls
💡Use normal flours/pulses/lentils/sand/water
💡Keep some pouring/transferring tools
💡Keep a rough napkin by their side
💡Use measure cups/spoons/tongs
💡Add accessories like pebbles/grass/cutouts/puppets/figurines etc.
💡Can use water, shaving foam, baby soaps
💡Few drops of food colour as per theme
💡Use dropper/stainer/laddles for liquid things
💡Best time to set up a messy play is before their bath.
💡Involve them in the cleaning process as well.
I hope this helps you get started with setting up easy sensory plays for your kids at home.
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