From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing.
Little Pearls Early Learning Centre provides opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.
Pre-schoolers require exposure to activities that stimulate all of these senses, allowing them to dive in and explore new materials and concepts. Using their senses is one of the most natural and most basic ways for toddlers to learn new information about the world around them. As children actively use their senses in conjunction with one another, this helps to build pathways between nerves within the brain. When it comes to the importance of sensory play, this is a crucial factor because it establishes a foundation for pre-schoolers to be able to work towards more complex tasks, strengthens language development, improves problem solving skills and supports cognitive growth.
Pre-schoolers first learn to understand new things via their senses. Each time that they encounter something that is cold, sticky, or wet, for example, it reinforces their understanding of which types of objects typically have these characteristics. A child will then begin to form connections between things that have similar properties. At Little Pearls Early Centre various activities are planned for children which involves all their senses. To name a few playing with different types of textures and tasting objects help the child build new ways of talking about the world.For older children play-dough and fondant are great ways to teach sensory play, as well as skills that the child can use in the future such as baking a cake.Sensory play encourages scientific processes because problems are solved using the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. At Little Pearls teachers believe that stimulating the child’s senses helps their brain develop because when a sense is engaged neural pathways are being created to assist with further learning in later years.