Why sensory play?
"Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain's pathways, which lead to the child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction" -educationplaycare.com
I LOVE sensory play just as much as my kids do. I love the creativity that I get to witness with it as well as making learning fun! There are so many possibilities with sensory play. Here is a list with affiliated links of what we use during sensory play.
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Sensory Table--this was worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY my only regret is not buying it sooner! The legs screw in and out so I just put it away in the closet after each use rather than having it take up space in my house. It is so easy to put together even Briella (3) knows how to do it by herself.
Sensory table contianers
Sensory pan-sometimes if it is just one child who is doing sensory I will just put it in this pan instead of taking out the table
Shower curtain pick it up throw the excess in the garbage or store it away for later and throw it in the washer
Big Mat to put under the table-I just store this right behind the couch so it is out of the way
*By putting these down you are setting a boundary for you child when it comes to sensory
play which is important especially when they are younger as they are still learning the dos and don'ts
Recycled food containers or caps for scoops
What do I put in there?
dyed pasta (cooked or uncooked)
chia seeds soaked in water
stale (or not) cereal
The possibilities for a bases is ENDLESS!
*Add in animals, letters, numbers, sight words, shapes, action figurines to make it even more fun