Now a days, sensory play areas are being promoted a lot at schools. So what actually is sensory play all about?
Sensory play consists of different activities that enables the child to learn and explore through his five senses. It enhances the brain development and makes them familiar with different textures, materials, sounds, fragrances and ways to solve different problems on their own. It leads the child to think and imagine while exploring the problems and articles used during sensory plays.
Sensory play leads to interactive learning. Gone are the days when children were force-taught. Now a day’s initial years of learning involves senses to a major extent. The colorful alphabets and numbers blocks, attractive toys, paints, shapes, mud pool and other items are made an essential part of the sensory playgrounds to let the child explore and gain something out of it.
In addition to this, it is a great initiative to keep the child engaged for hours because it promotes independence without interruptions. Children are lost in their own world of imagination while being in charge for the sensory bin, assuming different situations and combating it in their own way. They mess around and play within. They are their own boss doing whatever they want to do. They learn how to be in control and what is it like to have a responsibility.
This is the age of technology that has nearly eliminated the motor skills. Have you ever seen a child with a phone or an Ipad? Their eyes are hooked to the screen and hands lie motionless holding the gadget. Sensor play is a great way to learn motor skills and use hands, eyes, legs to move objects, place them, hold them.
Another major benefit of sensory play? It helps the child to learn how to stay within the boundary and follow rules. What is allowed to eat and what is not. They learn it through their own way of playing and exploring.
In a nutshell, sensory plays are very crucial for child development and should be done at homes too. There is no rule of thumb as to what should be needed for the bins and the items. Simple basic household items can be used such as plastic mugs, plates, spoons, water bottles, rice, flour, sand, laces, strings, anything at all.
Isn’t that too easy and cheap yet interactive and attractive?