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Learning with the Senses

March 27, 2018

Sensory information is received through sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Sensory skills are developed when your little one receives a message through their senses and learns how to respond! Children use theses senses to explore and make sense of the world around them.

Sensory play is a great way to help your little one explore with their senses. It also helps to support their language development, fine motor skills and is a great way to help calm your child when they’re feeling frustrated or anxious.

Give your child the chance to play with different textures, tastes, smells and objects often. This will help them build new ways of talking about the world.  At home, offer your child many sensory rich playing opportunities. Let them play with doughs, sand, finger paints, or containers filled with dry rice or dry beans. When you are out and about with your child, help them to experience new things with their senses. Let them smell different plants and flowers or feel the different textures of fruits and vegetables.

Talk about these experiences together and let them compare the different objects. The more you use sensory words together to describe what’s happening, the more descriptive words they’re learning!


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