Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. In each of our STEM Subscription Boxes for ages TK - 1st grade, we incorporate as many aspects of sensory play as possible.
Sensory activities facilitate exploration and encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving, and social interaction.
This week, we will be focusing on ideas to stimulate your child's sense of touch! Below are some ideas of what you can create for some sensory hands on fun!
Try putting these items in bins or zip-loc bags and allow your kiddos imaginations run wild as they play hands-on!
HAIR GEL (in ziplock baggies)
SHAVING CREAM (in ziplock baggies)
BALLOONS (filled w/ various items)
SENSORY TISSUE BOX
Try filling an empty tissue box with various pieces of fabric or cotton balls, allowing your kids to experiment with reaching in to see what they feel, are able to grab and pull out of the box.
OOBLECK: HOW TO MAKE
1 part water
1.5 to 2 parts cornstarch
Small amount of food coloring (optional)
Sensory play activities commonly involve touching, pouring, pinching, sorting and more. Children primarily use their hands to explore, and in doing so, they build their fine motor skills that will eventually be used for activities such as writing, buttoning clothes, tying shoes, picking up items, and handling objects.
Through the exploration of touching different items and textures, children will also discover new ways to describe objects they find in the world around them. For example, beans will become more than just beans as they feel and play with them - now beans can be small, round, and smooth.
Looking for more fun activities for kids ? Check out our STEM Subscription Box of the Month! These subscription boxes for kids are ideal for keeping kiddos entertained with fun hands-on STEM activities throughout the month!