Sensory play is learning through the senses, sight, scent, sound, feel and taste.
As well as being fun for the little people in your life, sensory play can also have plenty of benefits.
FIRST BIRTHDAY CAKE SMASH
Our first birthday cake smash sessions are a great example of sensory play! The birthday boy or girl gets a unique opportunity to play with their cake, while I capture adorable photographs of them that you can enjoy for years to come.
Benefits of sensory play with your baby
Whether its non-messy or messy play, babies and toddlers can learn hand/eye coordination and give their fine motor skills a good head start, which is essential for their development.
Sensory play can also be great for calming an anxious or frustrated child. And it gives every individual child the opportunity to play in their own way with little to no rules.
There are so many ways in which you can introduce sensory play.
Our favourite sensory play activities
Homemade moon sand
This is such a simple product but can be used for hours of fun.
All you need to make your own 'kinetic' sand is 1 cup of baby oil mixed with 8 cups of flour. This soft mouldable sand doesn't dry out and is easily cleaned away. Try using it in the bottom of a box with cars. Your child can 'drive' the cars through the sand and see the track marks and shapes you can create together. Or alternatively, you could hide moulds, toys or accessories inside the mood sand for baby to find.
Fill one quarter of a ziplock bag with shaving foam along with blobs of coloured paint. Then be sure to squeeze out all the air before securing with tape.
Your little one can squish and squelch to their heart's content, watching all the colours merge and change. All with the added bonus of zero mess. Hooray!
These boxes of wonder are great for all age ranges and are especially good if you are entertaining more than one child.
There are no rules when it comes to a discovery box, just fill them up with child friendly treasure and away they go.
Seasonal/themed boxes can keep them interested when things get a little tedious.
What other sensory play games have you tried? Do share with us in the comments.