Sensory Play or Messy Play is a play that allows children to be fully engaged with their senses. Children use their 5 senses to discover and explore when involved with sensory play. Their sense of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. By providing opportunities for sensory play children have the opportunity to not only develop their senses but they also develop holistically. Children will develop their cognitive, physical, creative, literacy & numeracy, oral language and creativity skills. Sensory Play is fun, messy, creative and necessary! In todays world with the access to technology this form of play is being lost.
- COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Children learn to estimate, order, count, time, match, estimate, classify, sort, understand concepts such as more/less, heavy/light, sink/float, cause and effect, gravity, material properties. All of these skills promote the mathematical and scientific development of young children all through sensory play!
- LANGUAGE & SPEECH DEVELOPMENT
- SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sensory play helps children to focus on what they are feeling. For a child’s social and emotional well being messy play helps children to stay calm . Children learn to regulate their emotions as they cooperate and collaborate with other children they are playing alongside. Children also learn how to relate to one another as they talk and share their thoughts and feelings with others. These skills are extremely important for young children as they grow in confidence and resilience.
- GROSS & FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
Sensory play helps children to develop both fine and gross motor skills. As children use their pincer grip, pick things up, measure, pour and manipulate objects they develop their fine motor skills. As children explore and run, stomp and more they develop their gross motor skills.
- CREATIVE & IMAGINATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Sensory play allows opportunities for children to engage creatively with materials and resources without restrictions. With this freedom they can develop their imaginations and their individual talents. Children problem solve, make decisions, take risks and become independent learners as they engage in sensory play. All these wonderful characteristics allow for creative development.