Babies and children absorb information about the world through the five senses 👁👂🤝👅👃. While doing this, they develop pathways between the neurons in their brains 🧠
The more the senses are stimulated, the stronger the pathways become. The stronger the pathway, the easier it is for a child to learn more about the world! But hear this – unused pathways will eventually disappear!
➡ Sensory stimulation activities are beneficial for children with sensory disorders. They can ease their anxiety and prompt the brain to process sensory information more effectively.
🎨 What can you use for Sensory Play?
💛 Absolutely fantastic is that you can use anything literally! It requires just a handful of items you’ll most probably already have at home: rice, beans, potato flour, water, plastic bottles, and other plastic objects, etc. Get carried away by your creativity! 🦄
⤵ Here are some ideas we find inspiring:
Messy Sensory Play Ideas:
🔸 Rainbow Slime with glue, baking soda, color paint or food coloring, contact lens solution or borax, and glitter (there are many ways to do it) 🌈
🔸 Edible Paints with yogurt or whip with some food color added. 🍧
Non- Messy Sensory Play Ideas:
🔸 Rainbow Rice or Rainbow Colored Beans with food coloring. Use spoons, pots, pans – kids will love it!
🔸 Frozen dinosaur eggs. Pop one small plastic dinosaur inside a balloon and carefully fill it with water, tie it off, and put it into the freezer.
🔸 Slow-motion sensory bottles. Put some small plastic objects like Lego bricks into a plastic bottle filled with clear hair gel mixed with water (you can add glitter), and watch them slowly move!
👉 And what’s your favorite sensory integration play? 💬