What is sensory play?
Sensory play is an activity that involves one or more of the senses. The activity might focus on one of the five main senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. Or it might focus on one of the lesser known senses such as vestibular (which helps us with movement and balance) or proprioception (which helps with the awareness of our body parts and how we move them).
Benefits of sensory play
Sensory play has so many benefits. It is amazing because it:
- Gives children the opportunity to discover, create and learn
- Helps to build nerve connections in the brain and enables children to embed new information
- Exposes children to new vocabulary
- Helps children develop problem solving skills
- Improves fine and gross motor skills
How does Play Make Sense teach phonics through sensory play?
Through simple, meaningful and engaging activities. Each of our activities involves one, or more, of the senses. The activities are simple to set up, but meaningful and engaging for children, meaning you can sit back and relax while your children play and learn.
This activity explores the sense of sound. Children learn how to make different sounds loudly, quietly, slowly and quickly.
This activity explores the sense of touch. Children learn about the letter j, the sound it makes and how to read and write words containing that letter.
This activity explores the sense of sight. Children learn to read words with adjacent consonants as they hunt for objects to match the descriptions.
This activity explores the sense of proprioception. Children learn about alternative graphemes as they match the colour and pop the bubble wrap.