Sensory play for preschoolers is fun and incredibly beneficial. It’s something parents (or caregivers) and children can enjoy together.
Sensory play involves the use of the five senses. To babies and toddlers, sensory play comes completely naturally to them as they put just about everything in their mouths. This is their developmentally appropriate way of figuring out their world. It’s important that parents continue to encourage sensory play as children grow.
Not only is sensory play fun, there are many benefits of this type of play. There is so much more happening in our children’s brains when they participate in sensory play than what we can see. Sensory play encourages children to investigate and discover how the world around them works. During sensory play, children are expanding their language skills and adding new words to their ever-growing vocabulary. Sensory play will also help to develop their fine motor skills by strengthening their hands and fingers as well as improving their coordination and precision.
Sensory play is for all children! Children who are more sensory sensitive, as well as those who aren’t, will truly enjoy sensory play. My older son has some sensory challenges while my younger son does not. They both really love sensory activities, and I can almost always count on them playing well together when we bring out sensory toys.
Cloud Sand Recipe:
8 cups of flour
1 cup of baby oil
Optional- add a couple drops of essential oil to encourage the sense of smell