At The Wild West, we understand the importance of sensory play in early childhood years. With that in mind, we are delighted to have a sensory room as part of our play village.
Letting children actively use their senses to explore the world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development. It helps build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, and naturally encourages them to explore what’s around them.
Our senses provide us with the information we both consciously and subconsciously use in our decision-making processes thousands of times a day. Although some of us associate sensory play with simply picking things up and feeling their texture, it is so much more.
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a child’s senses. Often when we refer to our senses, we talk about sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing.
Sensory play however also includes movement and balance, which are commonly missed. Not only does it encourage a child’s ability to discover and think independently, but sensory play also inspires imagination and creativity.
Sensory play will help children:
- Build nerve connections in the brain to enhance development for learning and memory.
- Encourage the development of motor skills by identifying objects through actions like touching, squeezing throwing and pulling.
- Facilitate language development which improves communication skills whilst playing.
- Encourage social interaction and builds confidence.
- Develop problem-solving skills through experimentation during play and encourages decision making.
- Promote mindful activities in children like thinking, understanding, and rationalising.
- Find comfort when restless or anxious.
- Encourage the ability to adapt to their surroundings.