Sensory Play provides opportunities for children to use their senses when they take part in a variety of experiences. Encouraging children to explore, investigate and examine during sensory experiences helps them identify and associate textures with how they feel.
By participating in Sensory Play on a regular basis, a child may:
- develop physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive skills
- explore different textures and materials through their senses (e.g., touch, smell, sight, etc.)
- develop skills in problem solving
- become curios and develop a positive attitude to new experiences
Sensory Play allows children the option of not having to have a plan or focus on the outcome or creation.
Everyday Sensory Play examples include using playdough, sensory bag or box, water play, sand play, slime or goop, modelling clay, finger painting, sponge painting, salt painting, bubbles and moon sand. View a range of sensory play activities below: