Unit 10: Sensory Play
We’re at the half-way point of the six types of baby play – great job! Seriously, this course has covered so much from the foundations to different types of play, all with reflections and play prompts. You’ve been busy the last couple of weeks.
You deserve a massive pat on the back for continuing to check off units one-by-one.
Today we’re diving in and learning all about sensory play.
If you Google baby activities, it’s pretty common to get a Pinterest list filled with lots of sensory activities. This module will help you identify ways to use sensory play even more intentionally, how you can simplify sensory play and make it less messy and less overwhelming, and what to do if your baby really hates sensory activities you’ve tried before.
WHAT IS SENSORY PLAY?
Sensory play stimulates your baby’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SENSORY PLAY?
1. Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways which leads to the ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
2. It aids in developing and enhancing memory.
3. It’s great for calming when your baby is anxious or frustrated.
4. And it helps your baby to learn sensory characteristics (hot, cold, sticky, smooth, dry, wet).
ASSIGNMENT: REFLECT ON HOW YOU CAN ADD SENSORY PLAY TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE.
1. Does sensory play come naturally to you or will you have to be more intentional about adding this to your play routine?
2. What examples in this module or activities you’ve found online can you use to inspire your sensory play?
3. How can you find sensory play opportunities in the tasks you’re already doing and the things that are already around you?
Send me an email with your reflections and any ah-ha moments you had in this unit.
COMING NEXT: SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL PLAY
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