Think of how long children have been seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting. Their whole lives! This is why children will dive in hands first, exploring a new substance. The senses are their most familiar, most basic way to explore, process, and come to understand new information.
A sensory bin is a bustling factory of developmental growth. In addition to honing sensory and science skills, sensory play builds language, social, and dramatic play skills as the children negotiate with one another to share tools, create stories, and build dialogues. Both small and large motor skills get a boost as well, as the children manipulate the medium and tools of the day. Creative, divergent thinking is displayed as the children are essentially invited to explore and come up with new ways to use the materials. Cognitive skills are fostered as well as the children learn about specific concepts pertinent to the bin’s contents. As one of the truest open-ended activities, sensory play provides an . Find ways to optimize sensory play for your children. Whether that’s providing a bin of sand to explore, giving your child a dish wand and plastic dishes to “wash” at the sink, or finding ways to integrate the senses into your other activities, provide space and time for sensory play! It’s a natural and satisfying way to explore and learn!
If you make the Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin put lots of different toys and safe items in the bin and have your child dig around the rice to find the items. Your children will have fun for hours while playing in the colorful rice. This is a great activity for sensory development. If you have small children around please make sure to watch them carefully so your children do not swallow or choke on any of the items or rice.
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