Why is sensory experience important to young children?
We spend our whole life seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting, not to mention how the little ones use their senses before they can express themselves with language. The different senses are their very first way to explore, learn, and understand new information about their world.
Children learn best through “hands-on” experiences. They develop their language abilities, because they won’t know what “sticky” means unless they feel the object and learn to describe it. They experience cognitive concepts such as cause and effect, by mixing the two colors and see for themselves what could happen.
Children also have the opportunities to work on their decision-making and problem-solving skills when they make decision on how to mix colors, with their fingers or hands, and be able to react to the product of their endeavor. By making their own decisions, children gain confidence about themselves, which encourages self-discovery and helps them become eager explorers.
Sensory play also provides children with opportunities to practice their physical abilities such as fine motor and gross motor skills. They learn how to control their bodies which in turn enables them to use their bodies to play with the paint.
Last but not least, sensory experience helps children develop their creative thinking skills through everyday living by giving them open-ended opportunities to value the process of learning and interaction in addition to arriving at the final products.
IT’S OKAY TO GET MESSY!
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