Child’s play is a serious matter, really! Although that statement sounds like an oxymoron, it contains a lot of truth. And if you have young children at home, keep reading to find out why planned sensory play time is so important.
Sensory play includes any hands-on activity which engages your child’s senses: her or his sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell. By using their senses in activities of these kind your child is using specific scientific approaches while investigating, creating and solving. It is still play but it is more constructive and beneficial to the child than a less sensory type of activity.
Studies have shown this type of play is essential in the child’s development and has specific benefits including:
Encouragement to learn
When a child is having fun, they don’t think of it as learning and so they are free to be themselves using all the senses at their disposal. This is especially important as they grow and find out what they like and don’t like, and what they might become more involved in if they can make it a fun experience.
Improvement in language and communication
Because they are enjoying the experience, they are more willing to listen to stories being told, are able to ask questions, and can better interact with their peers. They learn better self-expression as they understand the connection between ideas and events.
Willingness to explore
Whether it is finding out about colours during some face painting, helping out with cooking, or making some art for parents, kids are quick to look at all the options and experiment in a way that many adults won’t.
Development of fine motor skills
This is the ability to use those small muscle groups that are so necessary in tasks such as writing and doing up their shoes. The larger muscle groups will develop as they run and chase, but the smaller ones respond well to sensory play activities.
As children are faced with and overcome challenges of ever-increasing difficulty it boosts their confidence and gives them a good foundation for the rest of their lives. Well planned sensory play activities will teach them the patience, calmness, teamwork, and knowledge on how to achieve their objectives.
So the next time you are wondering what to do with your young child at home, why not check this site on the Internet and learn how to engage them in appropriate sensory play activities at home. It might be using simple play dough, playing with Kinetic Sand, or creating some scent jars filled with items from around the house and garden. There is so much to offer young children that they will be more than happy to get away from the TV and other electronic devices.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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