It’s another Monday and another day for me to share with you another fabulous mom blogger! I am excited to share Amy’s post today about why learning with one’s senses is so important for children! She also gives some great examples of how it works too! Follow all of her social media handles below to get more great ideas too and follow along on Instagram with the #momcrushmonday and #followthedyers hashtags as well! Enjoy today’s post, and I look forward to seeing you next week!
Why Learning with Senses is So Important
So what’s sensory play? Playing with your senses, of course! It gives kids the freedom to explore and learn using their senses. Research shows that sensory play develops nerve connection to brain pathway. This leads to a child’s ability in complex learning, and it starts with birth. When babies enter the world, they immediately start learning using their senses. As they grow, children’s senses are their most familiar and most basic way to explore and process new information. Sensory play enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses. This is a great way for children to explore the world they live in! There are many more reasons why this type of play is so essential.
Sensory Play is Where Kids Learn Senses Attributes
- sight: seeing different colors, shapes, textures, etc
- touch: feeling temperatures (like warm water or cold ice) and textures (like grainy sand or slimy playdoh)
- taste: sometimes that’s not a good thing when you don’t want them to eat something like paint (yuck!) haha
- hearing: like hearing the water splashing or rice clicking as they pour out from the container.
- smell: smelling the soapy shaving cream or lavender if you add the essential oil to the water sensory play
Sensory Play Helps with Kids’ Development
These skills are what your kids will develop as they do sensory play:
- fine motor skills
- gross motor skills
- exploring their environment
- developing imagination
- enabling creative thinking
- problem solving
- experimenting with solutions
- language development
- enhancing memory
- calming technique for anxious or frustrated kids
Sensory Play is Messy
Sensory play can get messy. Real messy. Many of mothers (and me, ahem) hate messes because we have to clean up. Right? I hate to tell you this, but… MESSY IS GOOD! Messy play gives kids endless learning and encourages them to create and explore using their senses. So, let your kids be free with their mess. 🙂
Kids learn new things through sensory play
Sensory play is essential for kids’ learning and development because kids are introduced to new things such as: colors, sand, food, words, numbers, and much more! My 20-months-old daughter learned how to count St. Patrick’s coins because of sensory play!
Too Much Work? Too hard? Don’t have the supplies?
Some parents may feel overwhelmed with sensory play because they don’t have the time or the supplies. Most sensory activities need objects you already have around your house. Bins, kitchen utensils, water, cooking ingredients, pom poms, rice, pasta, craft supplies, and the list goes on. After you gather the things you need, it should only take less than five minutes to set everything up. Your kids will be entertained long enough for you to sit down and relax. Below you will find five easy sensory activities.
Top Five Sensory Activities
- Shaving Cream Sensory Bin
- Finger Painting
- Rice Sensory Bin
- Cotton Balls Sensory Play
- Make DIY SNOW!
Have fun and get MESSY! 😉
Amy blogs about these activities and more on her website Kidsivity. To find more fun activities for kids AND mommies (DIY crafts, home decor, traveling, and fashion) follow her on her blog and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.