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Sensory Play

What is sensory play?

  • Any experience that engages a child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. 

  • Sensory play also includes body awareness (proprioception—sensing where our bodies are in space) and balance.

  • Sensory play is hands-on and child-centered as children actively explore different materials.

Why is sensory play a part of our curriculum?

  • Sensory play develops fine and gross motor skills through the manipulation of materials.

  • Research shows that sensory play develops neural connections that facilitate future learning experiences.

  • Sensory play can be calming.

  • Exposure to different sensory experiences can expand children’s threshold for sensory inputs. 

  • Sensory play can introduce mathematical and scientific concepts as children pour, scoop, sift, measure, and examine materials. 

Examples of sensory play in our school:

  • Every classroom has a water table and a well stocked shelf of supplies such as funnels, scoops, ladles, basters, and whisks. Water tables are also sometimes filled with other materials such as dried rice.

  • Children dig, scoop, pour, bury and build in our large outdoor sandboxes and indoor sand table.

  • Children create with play dough and clay.

  • Children experiment with recipes for Oobleck and moon sand.

Sensory Play in Action

Learn about other areas of our curriculum using the buttons below.

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