Fun Ideas for Sensory Play!

Sensory Play is a fun way of introducing your children to activities that stimulate their senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste. Through sensory activities, children learn to explore the world around them.

Sensory play develops children's language, cognitive, social and emotional skills. It is excellent for brain development.

Below are three activity ideas, for each sense, that you can enjoy doing with your child. Don't be scared to get messy!

Sight:

1. Memory Game: Turn over cards face down and get your child to pick two cards at a time to find the matching pair.

2. Hide and Seek: Look and find in the garden or outdoors.

3. Treasure and Scavenger Hunts: Find hidden objects by looking in secret hiding places.

Hearing:

1. Outdoor Sound Hunt: See who can identify the most sounds.

2. Communicating Underwater: Try to identify what each person is saying.

3. Make a Musical Instrument out of Recycled Goods: See what sound it can make.

Touch:

1. Play Dough: roll, push, knead and mould, creating different objects.

2. Arts and Crafts: Use glitter, textured stickers or papers when creating art work.

3. Hiden Objects: Use a slime bucket and guess what the objects are by feeling each one.

Smell:

1. Smell and Guess: Choose different food items. Use a blindfold and place each item under the nose to smell.

2. Scented Play Dough or Crayons: Makes creative play more exciting.

3. Create Smelly Potions: Have various jars and collect all sorts of objects and outdoor material to put into them to see who can create the best smells.

Taste:

1.Delicious Smoothies: Add all sorts of yummy ingredients and guess what is in each one.

2. Taste Test: Be brave enough to be blindfolded and taste different foods. Beware of the bitter, salty, spicy flavours you may encounter. 

3. Baking: Enjoy tasty treats and don't forget to sample your final product.

Have fun, be creative, and get messy!