What is Sensory Play?
Sensory Play includes any activity which stimulates your child's senses. Young children use their five senses to explore and make sense of the world around them, and sensory play allows them to refine and stretch their thresholds for various sensory inputs.
How can Sensory Play benefit my child?
Sensory play encourages self-directed explorative learning and allows children to use scientific processes to play, investigate and explore. As children gain understanding in the different textures they come in contact with, they develop trust and positive notions towards them.
Children frequently engaged in sensory play develop a positive learning behaviour, they do not reject everything outright and are more willing to prod and explore the subject to determine if it is positive and safe.
For children who tend to get distracted easily due to their innate curiosity, they are able to take advantage of the learning opportunities inserted into the play session due to the fact that they are able to engage for longer periods of time as compared to traditional instruction.
We can do sensory play at home / school, why should we join your sessions?
Sensory play is great because it can be facilitated anytime and anywhere, however, from planning a theme to preparing the materials to facilitating the play and the cleaning up after, it does take a lot of effort and time.
With the endless chores at home and the myriad of pre-school curriculum to cover, sensory play - despite its obvious benefits - tends to end up in the 'Maybe next time' list.
At Busy Tables, our early childhood educators dedicate time and resources to planning, preparing and conducting sensory play, learning opportunities are injected into every sessions.
Whether you have a toddler who's learning his/her first letter, or a preschooler who you'd like to engage in meaningful activities after school, sensory play is for everyone.
Sensory Toddler Playgroup (Tuesdays - Saturdays 1-3 years old)
- 60 minutes session
- Each session exposes the children to a letter or concept of the day
- Adult accompaniment necessary
How the playgroups are conducted typically
- Warm-up: Introductory material, songs, rhymes to get the children settled down and 'briefed' on what to expect for today's session
- Sensory activity 1: The teacher introduces a Sensory Tub with various materials related to the theme/story and letter/fact of the day, activities and games are conducted, digging together into a large sensory tub also works on a child's social skills as they learn to interact with peers who are sharing a common space.
- Sensory activity 2: The teacher follows up with a second sensory tub containing a different material/scene to present a contrasting experience
- Wrap-up/freeplay: The children are left to interact with the sensory tubs in any way they want, this is when their creativity and imagination shines
For a more detailed insight into our playgroups, click here to see how our 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' was conducted.
Do click on this link if you'd like to sign up for a trial session. Or you may fill up the form at the bottom if you have any queries.