I wanted to share with you 5 easy recipes for homemade sensory play. Sensory play is a child’s way of exploring their world. It’s my 4 year old granddaughter’s favorite way to play!
Sensory play is simply play that encourages children to use one or more of their senses. Often called “messy play,” these experiences focus on stimulating children’s senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance, and movement. Even though the adults might roll their eyes at the word “messy,” messy play can actually be calming to children. It’s not about the mess to them. It’s an essential component to learning and it encourages exploration and discovery through play.
Found from Learn Play Imagine
The grandkids enjoyed making Rainbow Rice and enjoyed playing with it even more! We’ve kept it in a small plastic tote with a tight lid. During playtime, the lid acts as a tray and helps reduce the amount of clean up (sorta). Use measuring cups, spoons, and small plastic people to have a rice “pool party!” As they pour, dump, and scoop, they are learning about spatial concepts (full, empty).
Found on Growing a Jeweled Rose
Who doesn’t like anything “Frozen”? This is always a big hit when Nana (me) gets out the glitter glue and liquid starch. It can be a bit sticky at first, but soon it’s just slimey and fun!
Found from Live Craft Eat
Another bowl of sticky fun! Helps kids learn about sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry). They are learning while playing! Sounds like a win-win to me!
Found on Parenting Chaos
While dying the spaghetti does stain your hands, this is another example of homemade sensory fun! After you under-cook the spaghetti, don’t forget to rinse it really, really well in cold water to rinse out the the starch.
Found on PBS.org Crafts for Kids
I’m saving this one for warmer weather. I’d prefer the grandkids playing with this outside, but it’s definitely on our bucket list!
Research tells us that sensory play helps build neural connections that support thought, learning, and creativity. Sensory play also supports cognitive growth, motor skills, and problem solving. It’s time to turn off the iPad and explore!
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