Sensory Play: Learning Through the Five Senses

16 September 2019

 
Activities that stimulate the five senses - touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing - enable your child to have fun while exploring and learning from the world around them.
 
Sensory play can help your child:
  • Relax when they're frustrated on anxious by moving their attention to a mindful activity. 
  • Build important fine and gross motor skills. 
  • Develop communication, social, cognitive and problem-solving skills.
  • Enhance memory function.
  • Learn new concepts such as wet, dry, cold, hot, smooth and rough. 

Sensory Play Ideas

These sensory play activities are simple to set up and plenty of fun:
  • Mud, sludge, bubbles, slime, kinetic sand and Play-Doh.
  • Sensory boxes/bins filled with different food or non-food related tactile objects.
  • Homemade miniature muddy farms, beaches, parks or duckponds. 
  • Rainbow rice and pasta.   
 
Play-Doh Recipe
 
Play-Doh is an all-time favourite sensory play activity for little ones and something you can quickly whip up at home. 
 
What you need
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup cooking salt
  • 1 tbs of cooking oil
  • 1 tbs of cream of tartar
  • Food colouring
 
What to do
Mix the flour, water, food colouring, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan over medium heat until thick. 
Allow the mixture to cool and then add the oil and knead well over a floured chopping board or similar. 
It’s that simple!