Sensory play is a simple way to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) concepts to young learners. While this type of play can be incredibly beneficial for children with sensory integration difficulties, sensory play can also be used with all children. Children explore the world through their five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and sound, and sensory play engages one or more of these senses. Sensory activities help develop self control and engage independent play skills and imaginative play. Fine motor skills, or the small movements of muscles in our hands and wrists, are usually at work in sensory play as well. Sensory play also aids in developing real-world skills such as pouring and scooping. Keep reading to discover some of Plano Public Library’s favorite sensory play activities!
Texture Treasure Hunt
Texture Treasure Hunt is a great opportunity for play! Open-ended play allows children to be creative and make connections to the world around them. By exploring the textures of items inside their home and out in the world, they can learn more about the objects they see every day. Texture Treasure Hunt is a fun opportunity to explore your home and make some unique art. This can be as neat or messy as you would like depending on what you have at home.
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Art in a Bag
Want to be an artist but concerned about a mess? Put your supplies in a bag and get ready to create! The process of squishing paint is interesting and fun to babies and young children. As they explore, they learn what happens when they move their hands and arms as well as feeling the difference between textures.
DIY Literacy: Moon Sand (Library Make)
Kinetic learning and fun give children’s busy hands something to do, especially during colder seasons when going outside and playing in the dirt is not possible. Moon sand is non-toxic and perfect for all ages for squishing, molding and creating.
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DIY Literacy: Squishy Sensory Bag (Library Make)
Involving multiple senses can help children in the learning process. A squishy sensory bag can help children learn and practice writing, drawing and playing skills.
Learn about polymers, viscosity and what goes into making slime with materials from around the house!
DIY Play Doh
Let’s make your own Play Doh with common household ingredients! You can use this dough for all sorts of fun activities like creating shapes and letters, morphing blobs into art, and more.