Sensory play is a type of play that focuses on stimulating the senses, such as sight, touch, smell, taste, hearing, movement and balance. This type of play is essential for children’s development as it helps them learn and understand the world around them. Sensory play is especially beneficial for children with special needs, such as autism, as it helps them to understand and process sensory information in a fun and engaging way.
There are many examples of sensory toys that can be used to engage young children in play. These include textured balls, sensory balls, and bean bags, which are great for stimulating the sense of touch. Sensory bottles and light up toys are great for stimulating the sense of sight. Aromatherapy playdough and scented markers are great for stimulating the sense of smell. And, for children who are auditory learners, there are many musical instruments and sound making toys that are perfect for stimulating the sense of hearing.
Sensory play can also include physical play, such as a sensory path or rooms. These are safe and recommended for vulnerable users, and can create a fun tactile experience for children, who can explore different textures and surfaces. Sensory circuits are also a great option for active and engaging play that stimulates the body and mind. Sensory circuits can include movement stations, like balance beams and movement breaks, which encourages kids to move their body , and help with classroom behaviour.
In addition to providing a fun and engaging way to learn, sensory play can also be used as a brain break activity during class. Short interval of PE, movement ideas, and other fun activities can help kids stay alert and focused, and help to improve their overall behaviour.
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Play is an essential part of children’s development as it helps them learn and understand the world around them through stimulating their senses. Sensory play is especially beneficial for children with special needs. By providing children with a variety of sensory toys and activities, we can create a fun and engaging environement that supports learning and growth.
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