What is Sensory Play?
Besides being an absolute HIT with the kids, Sensory Play includes any activity that stimulates your young child's senses by:
Touch, Smell, Taste, Sight and Hearing
Sensory play activities and sensory play tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.
Sensory exploration is a child's way of examining, discovering, categorizing and making sense of the world. It has been found to be beneficial to provide children with opportunities for sensory play.
There are two main types of motor skills your child develops--fine motor and gross motor skills:
Gross motor skills deal with the coordination of large muscle groups and are responsible for activities like running, walking, etc.
Fine motor skills are those that require the ability to use and coordinate small muscle groups. Fine motor skills are important for writing, shoe-tying, buttoning and zipping, among other things.
Sensory play often involves the use and building of fine motor skills by exploring things using pinching, pouring and lacing movements.