The five senses—taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight—all come naturally, but they do need to be developed at a young age so that children are able to interact with the world around them in deeper and more meaningful ways. During infancy and their toddler years, children refine their senses through play, which can be enhanced with an array of materials to engage children in these activities. Ideally, sensory play of this nature should accomplish these goals.\
Stimulating the senses
The primary purpose of sensory play is to stimulate the senses, so materials must be exciting and intriguing for children so that they are more willing to participate in these activities. Setting up a sensory table featuring items in varying colors and textures can be a great base for sensory play, but activities may also take place in the kitchen, outside or anywhere that observation can take place.
Developing motor skills
As children explore their sense of touch, they begin to reach for objects and use their hands more, helping them develop fine motor skills. Combining sight with the sense of touch will improve hand-eye coordination, so sensory activities should encourage children to engage with objects using their hands.
Encouraging independent learning
Sensory play is based on discovery, so it does not necessarily need to be guided every step of the way. Once you introduce a sensory activity to your child, you might let him or her explore independently to get creative with the game and be responsible for his or her own learning.
Kidz Drop In utilizes sensory play for younger age groups with fun yet educational games including making music, sorting shapes and water play. With childcare available in a moment's notice for children 12 and younger, Kidz Drop In can provide a safe and fun destination for your little ones in Naperville or Elmhurst. Learn more about Kidz Drop In by calling 630-369-9180 today.