Sensory play is anything to do with involving our senses- hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and movement. It is important for children to engage in sensory play as it helps to develop motor skills, language skills, social-emotional skills, and thinking skills.
Activities for sensory play:
- Slime – it is definitely a craze at the moment. Make your own if you are brave! Otherwise purchase some ready-made slime!
- Playdough – a little less messy. Get creative and make cakes/burgers/pizzas, use cookie cutters to create different shapes.
- Sensory walk – create an outdoor sensory walk by using grass, sand, pebbles and even a tub of dishwashing liquid bubbles
- Rainbow glitter jars – fill a jar/bottle with water, glitter glue and food colouring. Shake it up and watch the glitter fall
- Musical toys from recyclables – fill rice in an empty water ball, create a drum from a milo tin.
- Smell scavenger hunt – Go on a scavenger hunt using only your nose- smell flowers, grass, the pantry!
- Cook with your kids experimenting with tastes and textures.