If you are like the majority of the people living in this world today, you spend more time than you’d like to admit on social media. But don’t feel bad, I do too! So with that being said, I can almost guarantee you’ve seen at least one DIY Sensory Play video on Facebook.
But what does sensory play actually mean? It means that your baby’s senses (touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight, and hearing) are being stimulated, and they are thereby learning. Sensory play is a natural way for them to explore the scientific process without even knowing it. Aka, encourage their naturally curious minds!
All too often, we forget that children are ridiculously absorbent sponges. And it’s all too easy to get caught up in our own tasks without realizing we sometimes need to let our kiddos do what they do best, make a mess.
“Stop touching everything!” has got to be at the top of the “frequently used” tab that is every parents daily vocabulary. But the thing we forget is, that’s how they learn. Children just have to touch, look and “mess” with everything because that’s how they stimulate their senses and (like previously mentioned) that’s how they learn!
Okay okay, we know what it is now. But all kids are different and learn in their own ways. So why is sensory play important?
Actually, it’s not only important, but crucial for your child’s development. It does amazing things like exercising fine motor skills and also serves as a calming activity to soothe a cranky baby/kid.
There are so many simple ways to give your baby sensory play time and there’s different activities that are most beneficial for every different stage!
Now that you have a better idea of what it is and why it’s beneficial, check back here for a timeline breakdown of the best activities for different age groups and DIY sensory projects your little one will looove!