Areas it develops: perception, detection, sensory integration, eye-hand coordination, using of tools, fine motor skills
Exploring different tastes, textures, using tools/machines and guessing/recognising tastes. Children can practice pinching motions, targeted movements as well as improve their fine motor and motor planning skills. Plus, their sensory integration, undertanding abstract concepts and vocabulary will get better too.
Sensory play sparks imagination, allowing a child to investigate the boundaries of the five senses-hear, smell, sight, touch, and taste. The exposure to various textures has a positive impact on a child’s sensitivity to foods and develops a sense of comfort with new stimuli. It supports language development also as parents and educators “talk through” the characteristics that each sensory activity highlights.