Partners In Learning Blog Team

Partners In Learning Blog Team
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Monday, May 23, 2011

The Importance of Sensory Play

Sensory Integration Activities are the lifeline to providing and achieving the necessary challenges for your child so they maximize:
  • daily functioning
  • intellectual, social, and emotional development
  • the development of a positive self-esteem
  • a mind and body which is ready for learning
  • positive interactions in the world around him
  • the achievement of normal developmental milestones
Proper intake and use of sensory input is absolutely critical to a child's maturation process and the building of core, foundational skills.

As you can see in the above video of little Emily; the best part about sensory integration activities is the creative fun you can have coming up with ideas and playing with your child using sensory input.   Emily certainly didn't like the wet sand upon first arriving at the beach, but with the encouragement and support of her mother, she began to explore and enjoy a day of sensory play. 

Below are a few ideas, but all you need is a little creativity to keep the fun endless!  Any material that stimulates several senses, especially the sense of touch is considered a sensory material.

Playdough, silly putty, bubbles, potting soil, water, shaving cream, cool whip, cooked noodles/rice, coffee grounds, corn meal, cotton balls, ice cubes, etc...

Norma Honeycutt

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