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™ Guitar – This 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!
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.