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Updated: Jan 6, 2023

From play dough to water play to rice play, sensory play is a great way for children to explore the world around them. It’s also a great way for you to connect with your child. Sensory play is such a fun way for kids to learn about the world around them. They can explore different textures, sensations and tools. Plus, it’s an easy and fun way to spend time with your child!

Here are 5 benefits of sensory play:

1) Encourages exploration – Children love exploring their surroundings through their senses. Sensory play allows your child to learn about different textures, sensations, temperatures, smells and tools providing sensory stimulation for all their senses.

2) Builds confidence – Sensory play encourages imaginative play which helps children use their imagination while playing with others or alone (depending on what they choose). This builds self-confidence and creativity in children allowing them to think outside the box when trying new things out! It also allows children to experiment with new things in a safe environment so they can continue to build up their confidence level with new experiences.

3) Develops language skills – Sensory play allows children to describe what they see, hear and feel so it helps develop their vocabulary. For example, if your child is playing with sand and water, you might say “Does it feel squishy” or “It looks like a snake in the water”. Providing opportunities for new language to be introduced and recognised.

4) Improves fine motor skills – Fine motor skills are the small movements we use to manipulate objects with our hands and fingers. Fine motor skills are very important in developing hand eye coordination which can help with writing later in life.

5) Stimulates brain development – Sensory play stimulates brain development because it encourages creative thinking and critical thinking. It helps children understand cause and effect relationships when they can see how one thing affects another (such as pouring water into a bowl) or how two things affect each other (such as mixing red paint with blue paint)

Now you know how sensory play can help you and your little one

Simply put, sensory play is a fantastic way for you to encourage your child’s curiosity and creativity. By getting down on the floor and playing with them, you can help foster their social skills as well as their ability to think critically and solve problems. As they explore the world around them through play, they’ll develop an understanding of how things work. And most importantly, they’ll have fun doing it!

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