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, 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.