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Benefits of sensory play

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This post is sponsored by Baby Einstein™, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

 

Giving your child opportunities for sensory play encourages them to learn about their surroundings.  From babies through children, they learn about the world around them through their senses.

What is sensory play?

Sensory play is any activity that encourages children to use their senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance and motion. Sensory play has been shown to enhance brain development and neuroplasticity.

Benefits of sensory play:

  • Promotes fine motor skill development
  • Promotes language development
  • Stress reduction
  • Promotes independent play and imagination
  • Aids in developing and enhancing memory
  • Invoke curiosity

Some of my favorite sensory play ideas:

Baby Einstein Strum Along Songs™ Magic Touch™ GuitarThis guitar is made with magic touch technology and plays sounds to respond to your baby’s touch. The guitar helps introduce colors and music while also encouraging the development of motor skills. It responds to baby’s strumming patterns to encourage self-expression and creativity. You can switch between 2 guitar sounds: acoustic and banjo. You can find the BabyEinstein guitar available at BuyBuyBABY now!

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Sensory bins – I like to make various ones for the change of the seasons. It usually involves either cloud dough or water beads and an array of seasonal items for the kids to dig through and find.

Homemade play dough – My boys love this edible dough made up of frosting, confectioner’s sugar and sprinkles! And it’s super easy to make.

homemade edible sensory dough

 

 

 

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How to make homemade edible playdough

How to make homemade edible playdough

This morning I was looking for a fun sensory activity that would occupy both a baby and a toddler. Let me first of all preface this by saying that not every day of quarantine has been like this morning. Some days we get crafty and have little projects but mostly I’ve been perfectly ok with the kids having screen time. (Hey whatever works right?) This morning though I was feeling all “pinteresty” and we made homemade edible playdough.

I’m sharing my recipe below on how to make homemade edible playdough using ingredients we already had on hand.

How to make homemade edible playdough

How to make homemade edible playdough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of canned frosting
  • 2 3/4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl mix together the frosting and confectioners sugar until dough becomes crumbly and slightly lumpy. (This is how the dough will look)How to make homemade edible playdough
  2. Add in sprinkles if you want to make it a little more colorful
  3. Roll into balls and play!

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.

For more ideas on how to occupy your little ones at home check out

15 things to do with your kids while you’re social distancing

 

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