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Sensing Simple Play Opportunities

Through all stages of early childhood development, children naturally use their five senses to discover the world around them and it is our job to give them plenty of space and opportunities to do just that. In fact, did you know that sensory play is crucial to brain development? It’s true! Sensory play also encourages language development, aids in the development of motor skills, and promotes problem-solving. One of our favorite benefits of sensory play is that it also allows time for mindfulness, which is something we can all benefit from!


Although there are lots of fantastic resources and tools available, some of the best sensory play activities are simple: listening to different sounds of everyday life, playing in water, feeling different loose-part materials (even food, like rice) or tasting the different options on our plate at dinner! Even getting children outside creates a whole new world of sensory play right there at your fingertips--what can you see, hear, smell, taste and touch in nature? 


See how one of our customers took one of our favorite sensory play products and incorporated it further into sensory play, as well as creating opportunities for interactive play, open-ended play and imaginative play all at the same time! She let her daughter lead the way and we certainly enjoyed watching along: 





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Tyler Johnson

Sensorial activities are used in Montessori learning to help children in discrimination and order. They also help broaden and refine a child’s senses.



I am always looking for materials and activities that will help develop my 26-month old daughter Keira’s five senses: hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell. This wooden Guidecraft Tactile Search & Match puzzle from Constructive Playthings is perfect. Each puzzle piece disc has a different texture on it and will align to a spot on the puzzle board. I love wood toys and sensory play so I knew this material would be an awesome addition to our playroom!



In a traditional Montessori environment, teachers try to isolate just one of the five senses at a time for the child to work with. The Tactile Search & Match puzzle pieces can be aligned by texture by touch, by color or sight. So to fully isolate just the one sense of touch your child, you could close their eyes and feel the textures on the discs. However, Keira is not ready for that level of challenge, so I let her explore this new material using both her sense of touch and sight!



To add an additional sensory element I presented the sensory puzzles discs to her on a bed of rainbow rice. I find it fascinating to see how children decide to play with a toy or a new learning material. After she was done exploring the textured disk and matching them, she then used them as plates and started putting rice on them! I love her imagination.



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Spring Metamorphosis

The weather is warming up and there is no better time to get outside to shake up the learning experience. It is as simple as moving typical indoor activities outside--lego building on the patio--or going on a leisurely walk looking for the many things in bloom! Do a kid-friendly workout class to music near the playground or practice those yoga moves in the grass; there are so many fun options.  


Check out how Taylor Wyatt at @CompleteMomSense is spending her time outside, incorporating science and discovery as well as lots of fun!

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Spring is officially in full bloom and it is the perfect season to spend time outdoors doing activities and experiments with your kids! It’s easy to think of outside play including water and sand activities, but this time of year my daughters and I really enjoy exploring nature and learning about the insects that we see everyday. 



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My whole family is currently watching the life cycle of a butterfly with the butterfly garden. Every day we check on our caterpillars and wait for the changes to occur. It’s a great talking point to go outside and see butterflies and have a dialogue about how they start as caterpillars and over time change into butterflies. I also love that it comes with manipulatives that represent each phase - egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly! This helps us to see the stage they’re in and what’s to come. We can’t wait to release our butterflies into the wild!



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Water tables, sand pits, and mini pools are all the rage and for good reason! Not only are they every child’s favorite, they encourage pretend play, aid fine and gross motor skills, and promote sensory experiences. With any of these options you can throw in cups, scoops, utensils, bowls, and have your kids do transfer activities to improve hand eye coordination. If you add in some food coloring you can watch primary colors transfer to secondary colors. 



Outdoor play is essential for children. The good news is there are so many activities available to help keep it engaging and fun! We are looking forward to having all the fun in the sun this year. Be sure to follow along with us to see how our butterfly garden progresses in the coming weeks!



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