What is Sensory Play and Why is it Important?
1st May 2017
We believe that children are intuitive and skilful people who are actively engaging in their own research. And sensory play is exactly that – research! During sensory play children are learning to be pioneers in their own learning.
Julie Goodall, the Centre Manager at Brisbane childcare centre, Jacaranda Early Learning Centre Underwood talks to us about sensory play and the importance of this for children.
Firstly, what is sensory play?
Sensory play is a range of learning experiences that support and stimulate children’s senses – touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Allowing Toddlers, the opportunity to explore and be involved in sensory learning experiences will enable the children to develop critical thinking – how and why things are the way they are.
Spatial awareness, size, shape, hard, soft, rough, smooth, loud and quiet are all concepts that are lay the foundation for further learning and development. Within the Toddler room the teachers initiated various learning experience to extend on children’s sensory development. Shaving foam, collage, water, sound trees, ball pits, light trays are all on offer for children to experience in their own way and to unpack their theories about the world around them.
What are some sensory play projects happening at Jacaranda Underwood?
Toddlers are very tactile people and learning a lot of valuable concepts through sensory play. Shaving foam is used to support this as many variances can be implemented. Shaving foam is smooth and soft on its own but what happens when you put it on a hard table it adds another dimension? Other tactile objects such as sand or bark are also able to be added to the shaving foam to change the texture.
What materials have you used in sensory play?
- Shaving foam for soft smooth textures
- Water play for motor development and mathematics and scientific skills
- Collage – creativity, colour recognition, expressing thoughts and feelings
- Sound station – beat, rhythm, movement, coordination
It may get a little messy at times, but the learning that comes from these experiences are invaluable!
Learn more about Jacaranda Underwood
This childcare centre in Brisbane offers high quality care in a fantastic environment. There’s a large open yard perfect for playing and exploring, nutritious meals for growing bodies and a passionate team of educators, all of which make for a wonderful and supportive childcare centre.
To find out more about Jacaranda Underwood, book yourself in for a tour here.
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