Sensory Play Activities: Why They Are So Important for Your Kids

Apr 29 , 2021

Sensory Play Activities: Why They Are So Important for Your Kids

As we’ve all learnt over the past year, keeping your children entertained for any period of time can be quite the challenge!

Sensory play activities at home provide essential stimulation for your child’s brain – whilst being fun and easy to enjoy.

If like most of us, you’re looking for ways to entertain your kids at home, then sensory play activities may be a great choice. Find out more about their key benefits in our latest blog:

What is Sensory Play?

Throughout their whole lives, your children learn valuable skills that help them to understand the world around them.

Sensory play activities are designed to stimulate your child’s senses and naturally encourage them to explore and develop them.

These activities are hugely beneficial for all children and even some adults. For example, if your child struggles playing appropriately with other children due to being distracted by other environmental factors such as noise – then sensory play can be particularly helpful.

Sensory activities at home can help your child to explore new sounds so that they become less sensitive to them whilst playing with their peers.

They can also be especially beneficial to children with autism. Noisy and busy environments can become particularly difficult for them. However, sensory activities will see both their social and cognitive skills benefit long term.

The Key Benefits of Sensory Play for Your Kids

Sensory play activities provide a wide range of key benefits for your children.

In addition to being fun and entertaining, sensory activities at home encourage your child to explore their senses. And to de-sensitise to everyday sounds and textures.

These skills help your child strengthen the connections to sensory information. Becoming able to filter out which are useful, and which can be ignored. These skills are vital to later life and can all be learnt whilst having fun with sensory activities like slime!

Engaging with sensory toys and play comes naturally to children. And they can easily be encouraged both at home and in other learning environments. Find out more about the key benefits of sensory play below:

They Can Help Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Often sensory activities use movements such as pouring and pinching, which contribute to your child’s fine motor skills.

Motor skills are how we take in or respond to information through movement. For example, these skills tell you if you need to quickly move out of the way of a fast-approaching object!

They Provide Calming Effects

The texture of sensory items such as slime can have a calming effect on children and provide a release for stress and anxiety.

Not only this, but by engaging in sensory play, your child will be learning and refining skills without the pressure sometimes felt within a learning environment.

They Improve Concentration and Focus

Research shows that sensory activities build nerve connections within the brain. These eventually allow your child to concentrate deeply and for longer periods of time.

Helping your child to organise their senses allows them to block out things which aren’t relevant at that time.

They Encourage Independent Play

From improved concentration and focus comes the ability to work more independently.

As your child finds it easier to focus more, they will be more involved in the sensory items they are playing with. This will mean they’ll be happy to play without external stimulation from their peers too.

They Allow You to Use All Your Senses

Sensory play encourages the use of all your child’s senses. Touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight, and hearing.

By naturally encouraging your child to develop these senses through an enjoyable activity that doesn’t feel like learning – they will display development of their senses over time.

They’re FUN!

Above all else, sensory play both at home and at school is super fun!

The best way to encourage your child to enjoy education and explore and grow their skills is by making it entertaining.

Sensory activities like slime have become so popular over recent years due to how much children simply love playing with it!

Sensory Play Activities You Can Do at Home

There are a huge number of sensory activities you can do at home. However, here are just some of our top picks:

Slime!

Slime is the perfect sensory toy, providing endless fun and play for you and your kids!

The soft, squishy texture of slime encourages your child to utilise all of their senses. And even reduces stress and anxiety in adults.

DIY slime making kits also introduce science from an early age! As your home-made slime activates, your child will see cause and effect first-hand.

Here at Slime Party UK, we have boxes available for children aged just 3 years and upwards. Take a look at what’s available on our website here.

Mud Kitchens

We all know children just love any opportunity to mucky their clothes! And unfortunately for you, a mud kitchen allows them to do just that!

DIY mud kitchens are both easy and affordable to set up, you don’t need to buy a ready-made one from the shops.

All you will need is a large container, small bowls/cups/utensils... and mud!

You can find out more about this sensory play activity here.

Bubble Foam!

A fantastic two-ingredient sensory activity!

Perfect for a sunny day. All you need is water and bubble bath. To make this even more exciting, you can even introduce some food colouring.

Mix 1 cup of water with half a cup of bubble bath and let your children play and learn! You can find out more here.

Pom-Pom Water Play!

One of the great things about this activity is that the pom-poms are completely re-usable after. So once you have bought everything the first time, you’re all set to use again and again!

Just fill a large container with water, fill with pom-poms and this activity is good to go! Find out more here.

 

So, what are you waiting for?! Grab your slime, and let’s go!

Here at Slime Party UK, we have tonnes of experience in slime and the benefits of it for your kids.

You can browse through our wide range of slimes, slime making kits, slime and sweet boxes, and slime supplies on our website.

Or if you’d like to find out more, please feel free to send our friendly team a message via our online contact form.