For Toddlers: Ages 2-5
“To stimulate Education and to assist in Obesity Control Through “SensoryPlay”
Through sensory play, children will discover their world and how to be successful in it. They develop behaviors based on what they touch, see, hear, taste, smell, and how they move and position their body in space.
Sliding – Sliding provides kids with a rich sensory experience. Their visual and vestibular systems actively receive information about the speed and pull of gravity. Tactile and proprioceptive systems collect information on the slide’s texture and the pressure needed to slow down to land on the ground. This sensory input helps children develop a better sense of balance and motor planning to accurately move in their world.
Spinning -Spinning is one of the core movements that engage the vestibular system. When a child spins on a tire swing or any other equipment, they are providing their brain with valuable equilibrium information. This information connects with inputs from their muscles and joints to help them maintain their body posture and balance in the world.
Swinging– Swinging back and forth is more than it seems. This simple motion provides each child’s nervous system with a wealth of visual, vestibular and proprioceptive information. Children gain an understanding of how their body moves through space, the speed of movements they are comfortable with, and the motor planning necessary to resist or increase active movement.
Climbing– All children desire to climb and conquer. Climbing involves four key
sensory systems: tactile, proprioception, vestibular and visual. Each system actively collects information about textures, muscle activation needed to pull against gravity, and integrates with what the child sees while climbing. This information helps create “sensory-motory intelligence” and “visual spatial perception,” allowing kids to effectively relate to objects and navigate in the world.
Social– When children play together, they encourage each other to develop in ways that they couldn’t alone. Social imaginative play lets children integrate previous sensory knowledge with new experiences to expand their understanding of the world. Through playful interaction, children turn make-believe ideas into real ones.
Tactile- Children touch everything because it’s the most dependable sensory system. It’s also the first to develop and the longest to stay in our lives. Tactile input helps the brain organize information for developing visual and auditory