Summer is winding to a close but there is still so much fun to be had and so many things to learn! Sensory play can be a great thing for children of all ages, and should be a regular part of play. Why all the hype about sensory play you ask?
“Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively.” (PBS)
Here are a few of our favorite easy sensory play activities:
Check out your community’s local splash pad! Let your children have fun exploring how water moves and flows all while staying cool. Find local splash pads here and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Kitchen musician: Explore different sounds with your child by taking a variety of bowls, pots, and pans to make a tiny drum set. Point out different sounds made by the different objects. What sounds are made when you bang a bowl with a spoon versus your hand?
Take a nature walk! Explore your own backyard or take a trip to a local park. Collect different things like rocks, dirt, and leaves, talk to your child about how things feel and look. What kind of sounds does your child hear while on your walk?
Visit Discovery Gateway’s Sensory Room and Social Stories Exhibit! Like all Discovery Gateway exhibits, the sensory is full of hands-on fun and exploration. In addition, the Sensory Room and Social Stories exhibit is dedicated to serving – and telling the story of – children on the autism spectrum.
Sensory activities are really easy to incorporate into play at home or in the community. What are some of your child’s favorite sensory activities? Add to your list of favorites by visiting our Pinterest page for more ideas
Kali Iverson— Help Me Grow Utah Community Liaison
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