Children best develop and understand the world by exploring with their senses. When they touch, see, taste, smell, and listen they are actively engaging their learning. Sensory play helps children learn balance, coordination, communication, and so much more!
Sensory play provides exciting opportunities for children. Children delight in splashing in puddles, running barefoot in the grass, and feeling wet, squishy sand while making a sand castle. These activities are fun and rich with sensory experiences.
As a caregiver it is important to be intentional about allowing children to explore with their senses. Do not deny them sensory play due to fear of getting dirty or creating extra laundry. A messy child is a sign of learning and adventure! For ideas about how to incorporate sensory learning into your play area, keep the following in mind: