With new and exciting resources to play with at our Eagleby Campus, Day One Early Learning explores the benefits of sensory play for child development.
From birth, children rely on their senses to explore the world around them. This desire to engage in sensory play comes naturally for children and should be encouraged both at home and in early learning environments.
At Day One Early Learning Eagleby, we recently updated all rooms with brand new sensory play equipment including bright colours and different textured toys, sensory paths and mats and other natural play resources to incorporate sensory play into our developmental programs.
What is Sensory Play?
Sensory Play is a form of learning that incorporates different textures, substances, ingredients and props to assist children with awareness development, senses stimulation, movement and balance engagement. Enabling children to integrate taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing, body awareness and balance into their everyday learning programs ensures further brain development.
Some sensory play examples:
- For babies – Watch bubbles float and pop
- For toddlers – Digging in the sand
- For schoolies – Making shapes with play-doh
How does sensory play help my child’s development?
Builds Nerve Connections
Children are able to build nerve connections through neural pathways; this assists them in developing critical thinking skills and abilities to complete more complex tasks in the future.
Assists Brain Development
They are supported in language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem-solving skills and social interactions.
Children can develop and improve their memory function by continually touching and feeling the various substances. Sensory play also is a mindfulness technique and can calm children who experience anxiety feeling the various textures and focusing on each one can centre the mind.
At Day One Early Learning, each of our centres is homely, creating peaceful and purposeful learning environments for your child to explore. We believe in providing a range of activities to stimulate all facets of personal development – including culture, health & wellbeing, art, music and movement and key language and numeracy skills.
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