Now the senses are beginning to work together as a way to learn about the world. So be sure to provide plenty of sensory-stimulating experiences for your children, whatever just 2- month-old or 6-year-old. And enjoy beginning social skills … like that first real smile!
Look. Listen. Touch. Smell. Taste. Five fundamental elements of life that we often take for granted. These are the senses that we’re born with and quickly learn to adapt with as we journey through our initial development phases. Sensory play is any activity that stimulates and develops your kiddo’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight or hearing. Whether they’re flexing their fingers in flubber, sampling edible fingerpaint or sorting rainbow-coloured chickpeas, sensory play is an important part of your child’s development. Generally-speaking, specialists collectively understand that the five key benefits of sensory play are as follows;
- Sensory play builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing more complex learning tasks
- Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction
- Sensory play aids in developing and enhancing memory functioning
- Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
- Sensory play helps children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc)
Sensory Light Up Toy
These ultra-strong illuminated hollow plastic forms are aesthetically pleasing objects and can be placed around the room or used in a sensory den to provide background lighting. Providing a mood inducing light they come in different shapes – cactus, rain drop, moon, egg, ball and cube. The cubes make for an excellent seat with a quirky twist.
Using the remote control you can choose one of 16 different colours or set to fade smoothly through the entire spectrum of shades from a cool blue to a warm red. Their appearance is mesmeric and the colour spreads evenly throughout the whole shape. They’re eco-friendly, completely free of UV, IR, lead, mercury, and other toxic elements.
These light up lamps make ideal distraction toys. In a therapeutic setting, it draws a child’s focus away from a frightening situation. Child life specialists use light up toys to distract children undergoing simple medical procedures, such as a blood draw or inserting an intravenous drip line. Instead of the child freaking out, she becomes mesmerized by the changing in gorgeous colours of these orbs.
Children love them!
With these light up toys, you can create a sensory room for your kids. There are a whole host of benefits of a sensory room for those who require them, some of these include:
- Sensory Stimulation – by encouraging the user to engage and explore the environment then it can have positive effects on their ability to react and interact with the larger world around them
- Enhance Learning through Play – following on from this, sensory stimulation can engage different areas of the brain, helping children absorb and retain more information and better meeting the needs of the individual
- Improve Balance, Movement and Spatial Orientation - Sensory rooms can help develop users’ visual processing abilities as well as their fine and gross motor skills, facilitating day-to-day living.
- Tackle Problems With Behaviour - Sensory environments can be highly absorbing, providing a moment of comfort and calm for overactive and distressed individuals, and helping inactive individuals to feel better engaged. This improves focus and prevents users from getting the urge to ‘act up’.
As parents, nothing that you can teach them is more important than the love you can give them!