Sensory exploration is an important part of child development. Not only does it expose your little one to different sights, sounds, smells, textures and colors, but also teaches them about the world around them. The benefits of sensory play are huge: it boosts creativity, promotes higher order thinking, hones in on fine motor skills and so much more. Who knew playing in a bin of beans could be such an integral part of early learning?
Setting up a sensory table or a sensory bin for your toddler doesnt need to be overwhelming. In fact, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! First, find a bin or a box (or even a tray!). It can be more elaborate (similar in size to a water table) or something more simple (like a shoe box).
Next, choose a theme and go with it! Change up the textures, materials and colors. The possibilities are endless. Think about anything (and everything) that might appeal to your toddler’s senses and start gathering materials.
When your bin is full, it’s time sit back and watch as your child gets lost in the world of sensory play. Whether they’re scooping, stirring, squeezing, pouring or digging. The world of sensory fun will be alive and well. Happy playing!