Any action that engages a young child’s mobility and balance as well as their senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing is considered to be engaging in sensory play.
Playing with their senses helps youngsters develop the senses that our brains utilize to assist us navigate our surroundings. The five senses that are most familiar to people are taste, smell, sight, touch, and sound.
Due to their accessibility, touch, sight, and hearing are the three senses that are typically emphasized in sensory plays. Our proprioceptive and vestibular systems are two other sensory systems that can be addressed through sensory play but are frequently disregarded.
Our sense of proprioception is used to describe body awareness. It enables us to understand how our body parts interact with one another and how much force is required while holding, pushing, tugging, or lifting something. We use our vestibular sense, also referred to as our movement or balance sense, to stay balanced while performing tasks.
Making a sensory room, using food and play dough, balance beams, calming bottles, sandboxes, swings, finger painting, and other activities are some suggestions for sensory play.
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