Whenever an adult is asked a question about how to teach young children, the only things that come to their mind is colours and charts depicting names of fruits, animals, body parts and numbers topped with fairy tales and nursery rhyme repetition.
Indulging in reading, singing, and another form of interaction with learning material can be insightful. Children get easily distracted. Intermixing playing with learning is the best way to tap their potential.

Making kids learn sensory interaction has been in trend for quite a while now and young children naturally adapt to this style of learning. But some of the parents and teachers show confusion when asked about sensory play and how can it develop a child’s personality in a wholesome manner.

What is sensory play?

sensory play?

Sensory play includes all types of activities that activate or stimulate the sensory organs of the child. For instance, children can be taught about something if they touch it, see it, or hear it. Infants communicate with their environment through their senses. They cry if they do not feel comfortable and appear to settle when put in a desirable environment.

Toddlers often reflect the curiosity to know and experience things by their tendency to reach out to different objects. If they do not like what they touch, see, hear, taste, or smell, they start to cry. This is how they engage with the outside world.
Their sensory organs make them learn features of different things in which they are surrounded and make them experience new things each day. Children become more conscious about their surroundings as they grow and learn a lot about the world.


Advantages of sensory play

The first three years are formative years for a child. They grow and develop rapidly in this period. First, they learn to sit as infants, start to crawl and walk as a toddler, and eventually, their journey for lifelong learning starts when they are inducted into a pre-school. Here, they are fed a large amount of information which they process and become adaptable to the ways of the world.

Sensory play provides children with a unique platform where they can engage with things around them that helps them to know about things. We can simulate various parts of the brain through sensory play. Children’s cognitive, spatial, sensory, mnemonics, and optative skills are developed when new neurons are created. This helps them in having complex thoughts to solve complex problems.

sensory play

They develop language, motor skills, bond over social interactions, and become socially aware. They try to experience and handle feelings emanated from peer engagement. Sensory play can develop mindfulness and let the teacher know what triggers a settling response in a child who may feel insecure, angry, or anxious.