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Why is sensory play important for childrens development?

From the moment they're born, children use their senses to discover the world around them.

Sensory play is any activity that stimulates our senses – touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste. It helps children interact with and make sense of the world that surrounds them.

Sensory play is a lot of fun. It also offers many benefits for child development, including:

  • Helping children understand how their actions affect what’s around them.

  • Supporting brain development, enhancing memory, complex tasks and problem solving.

  • Developing fine motor skills

  • Supporting speech, language, communication and social skills.

  • Encouraging creative and independent thinking.

  • Emotional regulation by providing a calming effect on children’s angry or anxious feelings.

  • It helps to build nerve connections in the brain

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