Sensory Play

Sensory play is part of our daily infant curriculum.

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We believe in providing our children with this opportunity because research has proven for it to be beneficial in children’s development.  The following list, from  http://homeschoolinmama.com/5-benefits-to-sensory-play/ lists 5 reasons why sensory play is beneficial:

 
  1. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
  3. This type of play aids in developing and enhancing memory
  4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
  5. This helps children learn sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry)
The following photos show our infants engaged in play on our light table.  We provided them with play-dough,  translucent fabric, and felt fabric.  It was a great experience for the children to reach for fabric and play-dough, and realize the difference in texture!
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This is probably an experience that they were encountering for the first time!  We could see by the looks on their faces, that they were trying to make sense of the difference in sensation as they touched and squeezed the materials.
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These types of experiences really challenge their senses and allow for the children to prepare their minds for complex learning.  We can see from the photos how engaged they were; we believe this is how true learning takes place! 
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