It’s no surprise that little hands love to touch and explore the world around them…whether they are allowed or not! Toddler sensory play is so important to help little ones experiment with different textures in their world. Our snowflake sensory tub and sensory bottles have been a hit year after year.
Why Is Sensory Play Important?
Sensory play is play the stimulates the five senses of touch, sight, sound, taste and/or smell. This allows little ones to explore and investigate the world around them. Sensory play at a young age is usually structured or created with age appropriate materials and objects. This creates a safe environment for toddlers and preschoolers to investigate freely and builds a foundation for scientific processing.
Creating Preschool and Toddler Sensory Play
There are many ways to create sensory play for your learners. In a classroom setting a sensory table may allow a group of children to explore the materials. In a homeschool classroom a small sensory tub is great for one or two children to investigate. And, young toddlers or babies would enjoy playing with sensory bottles. *Make sure to hot glue the lid on the bottle for safe play
Thematic sensory play is a great way to keep learners exploring all year long. Using leaves and acorns in the fall, hearts for a Valentine’s tub or even clovers for St. Patrick’s Day. By changed the materials and theme your learners will be exposed to more textures and objects.
Snowflake Sensory Tub
There are so many great resources available for winter sensory tubs, but our snowflake theme is definitely a favorite. We picked up some sparkly pipe cleaners, ribbon, pom-poms and a variety of snowflakes. Some of our favorite snowflakes include felt snowflakes, buttons (in the sensory bottles) and foam snowflakes.
So grab a table, tub or bottles and create a learning experience for your little ones that will be engaging and create a foundation for scientific learning.
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