What are the ways in which we can engage with the world? Touch, sound, sight, smell and taste, otherwise known as the five senses. This sensorial engagement is extremely high among toddlers who constantly use their senses to receive, absorb and understand the world. Not only children, but even adults learn better when all their senses are engaged in the process of learning. Think about it – most of our fond memories are supplemented with a sensory experience – the taste of a dish your grandmother cooked, the smell of the room you once lived in or the music which played on your 5th birthday. Sparks familiarity, doesn’t it?
It’s therefore important to focus on building a world of learning which is sensorial and stimulating for even the youngest of learners. This is achieved through sensory play, which is nothing, but activities designed specially to engage and stimulate the senses. These activities encourage children to learn while they play, create, investigate and deduce. Since senses are the means for the brain to receive information, sensory play helps build patterns in and connections with the world that children inhabit.
Here are some specific ways in which sensory play helps aid growth and development in children”
Sensory play can be very simply encouraged at home. Here are some tips:
The above points are by no means exhaustive. Each element of the house can be converted into an opportunity for sensorial play. Why not take this up as a task and begin exploring with your toddler?