Sight. Taste. Smell. Touch. Hearing. The 5 senses, we all know them and can recite them fairly easily, but how often do we try to incorporate these into our everyday play and learning? Believe it or not, by engaging all of our senses we learn best, and retain more information. How often do you smell something and are flooded with scenes from your childhood? I know for me the taste of Reece’s Pieces brings back memories from my Great Aunt’s house and the sight of a foggy day floods my head with visions of my favorite camping spot on the coast of California. All of this sensory input GREATLY aids our memory and as we know, memory and learning go hand in hand together. In my background as a behavioral therapist working with kids with Autism, and in my studies of Educational Psychology at NYU, I witnessed the power of sensory play firsthand and I try my best to incorporate sensory play into our daily life with my three kids at home. I know some of you are probably already cringing, just waiting for the mess that I’m going to suggest you bring into your home. Sensory play can most certainly be messy, and if your kids are anything like mine, the messier the better. But hey, look at the bright side, when your adorable toddler goes on a dumping spree in the kitchen, tell yourself they’ve hit their quota of sensory play for the day and you will mind the mess a bit less. However, you will be happy to hear that not ALL sensory play has to be messy, and I do have a few tips for you for that will help keep some of the mess at bay.
Tips for a mess-free sensory play experience:
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