What is sensory play?

Sensory play is a type of play that activates and stimulates a child’s senses. Often, sensory play focuses on stimulating touch, sight, and hearing as those senses are most accessible.

When children are very young, they interact with the world primarily through the five senses (touching, tasting, hearing, seeing and smelling). Of course, as your active toddler will help you see, they also engage in the world through movement and balance.

These senses are how they learn about the world around them and make sense of the many new things they’re experiencing each day. As children grow they begin to play and, through play, learn more about the world around them.

Sensory play can be loads of fun and is often fairly simple to set up, but it can be difficult for parents to think of ideas to help their child engage in sensory activities.

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