Yesterday after lunch we played with Shaving Cream which proved a very popular messy play activity. Shaving cream is great for sensory exploration and provides endless opportunities for children to play and discover. We had some great descriptive language – its “rough” and “bumpy” and “it tickles” and sparked lots of imagination with children saying they were “building Mount Everest”. We added some food colouring and had fun making different shapes.
SENSORY PLAY PROMOTES MANY LEARNING EXPERIENCES:
- Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mould materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination. Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses. They learn through exploring these.
- Sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented; it is the purest sense of exploratory learning
- Self-esteem: sensory play offers kids the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to change or experiment with what they are doing.
- Language development- experimenting with language and descriptive words.
- Develop social skills: practising negotiation skills, turn taking and sharing. Provides opportunities for working out problems and experimenting with solutions.
- Encourages Imagination and creative play.