The benefits of Sensory Play

Lighthouse believes in providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world.  We believe that ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.  This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills.

As you can see sensory play has an important role in each and every child’s development. When you talk about the senses, most children over a certain age can rattle them off without problem: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. Any and all of these can be incorporated into sensory play. Most days at Lighthouse are full of incredible opportunities to learn! Its really important for us a childcare provider to make sure we give great educational activities for our children to learn and grow.  From birth and onward in to early childhood our children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. Listed below are key points that we believe help our children to grow!

  1. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
  3. This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
  4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
  5. This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)

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