Children love to play and that is how they learn about the world around them. Sensory play is a way for children to engage all of their senses. Research has shown that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain. It is good for building fine and gross motor skills. Sensory play is also a great activity to help calm anxious or frustrated children.
Here are some different sensory activities that are easy, fun and inexpensive:
- Sensory bags- Fill a ziplock bag with shaving cream, hair gel, pumpkin guts, or anything you can think of. Close it up and tape it to a table. Your child won't want to stop playing. You can add items like buttons or marbles to the bags.
- Sensory bin- Fill a container with oats. Add some spoons, measuring cups, and other objects for scooping. Add cinnamon sticks and other objects for children to find in there.
- Moonsand (cloud dough)- For this one you need a container, 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil. Mix it together and you have a really soft fun bin for you children and it smells good too!
A great book with some really neat ideas is Tinkerlab a Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley
If you are looking for some new ways for your child to play and learn at the same time, Tinkerlab A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors has a lot of different ideas. There are activities that are good for toddlers up to age 6. The activities in this book let children experiement in all different fields that help them learn about the world.
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