Sensory play, or activities that stimulate your child's senses, is crucial to brain development. It facilitates play, exploration, creativity, and curiosity. Sensory play also allows children to refine their thresholds for different sensory input, helping their brain create stronger connections to process and respond appropriately to sensory information. With summer fast approaching, here are 21 must-try sensory activities to keep your kiddo growing, engaged, and learning all summer long!
VESTIBULAR: sense of body position in relation to gravity
PROPRIOCEPTIVE: sense from muscles and joints about where our body is in space
From day one, children are designed to explore the world by their senses, all 7 of them. Babies and toddlers touch everything and put things in their mouths, kids make funny noises with their mouths and experiment with how the world sounds with their fingers stuck in their ears. It's why your child spins in circles until they're so dizzy they fall, then get up and do it again. Sensory exploration is how they learn, retain information, and make sense of their world. So get outside, have fun, and open the door to lifetime learning and curiosity with these fun activities!
meet the blogger
Austen is a pediatric occupational therapist with experience in schools, early intervention, and private clinic settings. She now runs her own private practice in Portland, OR specializing in movement based learning techniques. This blog's mission is to educate and empower parents and children by sharing insights into the complexities of learning and development.