What is ‘sensory play’? Sensory play, which can also be referred to as “messy play,” is simply play that encourages children to use one or more of their senses, including sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance and movement. Sensory play appeals to children of all ages and is full of opportunities for language enrichment.
Some of our favorite sensory play activities include playing in tubs of colored rice, pasta or pinto beans with kitchen utensils for dumping, filling, pouring, mixing and transferring. Also, making your own sensory bag with different textured items and instruments with different objects inside are excellent ways to stimulate different senses while facilitating language development. You can talk about the way the bag feels, looks and smells and how loud the instrument is, while shaking it fast or slow, up, down and all around. There are so many different ways to incorporate sensory play into programs for all ages! Make it messy, make it crazy, but always make it FUN!!! Tells us your sensory play story on our Facebook page!