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53. Sensory Activities

It’s easy for children to spend whole days cocooned by familiar sights and sounds and smells. From the comfort of their clean and tidy home, via the car or bus to nursery or school - they can often miss out on the sensory stimulation that their developing bodies and minds are built to experience.

53. Sensory Activities

It’s easy for children to spend whole days cocooned by familiar sights and sounds and smells. From the comfort of their clean and tidy home, via the car or bus to nursery or school - they can often miss out on the sensory stimulation that their developing bodies and minds are built to experience. That’s why children love to get mucky and dirty in the mud, splash in puddles or squelch their hands in jelly - they are engaging in scientific exploration, of the world and how they work in its context.  

 

Of course we can’t always be where the sensory stimulation of the natural world is freely available - trips into nature, at the beach and the forest require time many of us don’t have. The good news is it’s easy to provide sensory stimulation at home. The key is to provide materials and activities that offer a range of sensory activities, including smell, sound and texture.

 

Provide some pop-up sensory play by creating an area (we like to use Tuff Spot trays) and filling it with whatever you want to. It’s great to merge this sort of play with small world scenarios - so blocks of ice can become a polar bear’s arctic kingdom, or pebbles and sand can become an underwater scene. Jelly, shaving foam, squelchy food like tinned spaghetti, feathers and fragrant flowers are all fun to experiment with.

May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

53. Sensory Activities

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