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BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY FUN

LEARNING and GROWTH, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY FUN, THROUGH SENSORY PLAY

It is important for us to provide the opportunity for sensory play during the day. Outdoors, it is in the form of sand, water, and mud. Indoors, it can be presented in various ways. Last week the Djidi Djidi Friends enjoyed sensory play in a few ways. One day they had a large tub full of lids to rifle and rustle through, searching for hidden treasure in the form of smooth, cold marbles. But their all-time favourite is playing with shaving cream.

 

Playing with shaving cream offers so many opportunities to expand a child’s knowledge and explore with their senses. It feels wonderful and smells lovely! The sensory messages from the feel and smell are creating more neural pathways in the brain. It can be quite social as the children talk to each other about what they are doing. There can be scientific thinking in the cause and effect play and literacy skill development as the children practice their ‘writing’ or seek to describe how it feels. The other important benefit of this play is that it can be very calming, as it provides the sensory input needed to assist with self-regulation.

 

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