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The Benefits of Sensory Play

Sensory play encourages children to explore and investigate, making independent choices. The benefits are endless with sensory play, brain development, language development, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving, cognitive growth and social interaction are some of many benefits. 

Through sensory play children are able to focus on particular activities, objects and textures. For example, children may find it difficult to play with other children when there is too much going on in their environment with other noises or distractions. 

Benefits of Sensory Play listed:

  • Helps to build nerve connections to the brain
  • Encourages the development of motor skills
  • Supports language development 
  • Encourages 'scientific thinking' and problem solving 
  • Brain Development; sensory play helps to strengthen brain development for learning which enhances their memory and ability to complete learning tasks.
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills; children identify objects by touch using tactile sensory play.
  • Problem Solving Skills; by experimenting with different objects children develop problem solving skills.
  • Language Development; sensory play supports children's language development by encouraging play with others

Sensory play can include any activity that stimulates a young child's senses of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing along with anything which engages movement and balance. Sensory play is only limited by ones own imagination.

The easiest way to get children to engage their senses is by playing outside with nature, it's full of colour and texture. 

If you're looking to get some sensory play equipment at your home, charity or nursery then we have a large range available here


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