We know that children learn through their five senses and they certainly learn best when they can touch, see, smell, taste, hear, and manipulate the materials in their world .
As they grow, children’s senses are their most familiar and most basic way to explore and process new information. Sensory play enhances learning through hands-on activities that stimulate the child’s senses.
The well known educator Maria Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through his senses, the child studies his environment. Through this study, the child then begins to understand his environment. The child, to Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer”.
- Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
- Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
- This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
- Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
A great way to engage children and make them explore through their senses is to introduce a ”Sensory Table “ in the classroom.
In this link you’ll find very useful and interesting information about the Importance of Sensory Play .
Here you can view some pictures of the “Froggies” (K4) engaged in different sensory activities.