Sensory Play and the Importance of Development in Early Childhood

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “sensory play” before, but do you really know what it means?  Research has shown that sensory play is an important part of early childhood development. It helps children learn and prepare for school by encouraging creativity, imagination, and language skills. It also helps build fine motor skills, teaches science skills, and improves cognitive abilities such as problem-solving and reasoning skills.

Sensory Play Sparks Curiosity And Creativity

Play is essential for the development of young children, and sensory play is a great way to encourage creativity and problem-solving skills. When a child plays with sensory materials, they are encouraged to use all of their senses. This is a crucial part of early childhood development because it develops the brain’s ability to process information through multiple senses (especially sight), which will help them later on in school.

Sensory Play Enhances Learning About Language And Literacy

Early childhood development depends on sensory play. As young children explore and experiment with the world around them, sensory play helps them make sense of their surroundings and learn about language and literacy. Sensory experiences provide opportunities for children to engage in conversations about both physical objects and abstract ideas, as well as develop an understanding of words through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.

Sensory Play Helps Children Build Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are needed for activities such as handwriting and drawing. Fine motor skills are also important for developing gross motor skills. Gross motor is the type of movement you use when you’re running or jumping; fine motor describes smaller movements like writing with a pen or picking up an object with your fingers.

Sensory Play Helps In Social Development

Sensory play doesn’t just benefit children in the classroom, it helps them learn how to interact with other children and adults outside of school. Sensory play can help kids learn how to share, take turns, follow the rules, and take responsibility for their actions. In other words, it helps them make friends!

Sensory Play Improves Cognitive Abilities Such As Problem-Solving And Reasoning Skills

Along with improving hand-eye coordination, the sensory play also helps to improve cognitive abilities such as problem-solving and reasoning skills. Sensory play is a fantastic way for children to develop their creativity. As they get older and more skilled at playing with various materials, they’ll start creating more complex structures that can be used in a variety of situations.

We at MVP Playground can assist you in designing a Sensory Playground that is safe and appealing to children. Our playground designers are highly trained and can help guide you in creating an inclusive environment for all children. If we haven’t already designed one for you, we would love to meet your playground needs. For more information about our playground and park equipment, please call MVP Playgrounds at 303-944-8767.

Ken Cosper