Sensory play is important for a child’s whole wellness and development. Sensory play allows a child to learn through their 5 senses (often taste is not included). However, children learn from touch, sight, hearing, sound and taste.
Often, when parents here sensory play they immediately think of messy, dirty, and hard to clean up activities. While, these types of bins are included in sensory play there are ways to incorporate this type of play without the added mess.
In one of our Tiny Tot Sensory classes, we placed red, yellow and/or blue paint into ziplock bags. As quiet and calming music played in the background, parents encouraged their children to squeeze, squish, mush and touch the closed ziplock bags of paint. This allowed the children to feel/touch the cool and squishy paint, see the original colours and then see a new colour being created before their eyes! Prior to this activity, we learned many American Sign Language signs to promote learning and exploration.
My Smart Hands Saskatoon brings in many whole child development activities in their classes to promote a learning, education, language rich environment that is fun for parents and their little ones.
Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe- BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor, & Parent Educator
My Smart Hands Saskatoon
“It is vital when educating our children’s brains that we don’t neglect to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama