3 reasons Why Sensory Play is Actually Important for Your Toddler

If you are a parent of a toddler, chances are you would have come across the term “sensory play” a few times. Perhaps you have heard somewhere that it is beneficial for your child, but you don’t know exactly how it is beneficial, and whether this whole thing is legit or not. 

We hear you! In this article, we are going to help you break down 3 reasons why sensory play is not just beneficial but actually important for your child. 

What is sensory play?

So first things first - what exactly is sensory play? 


To put it in the simplest terms possible, it is any activity that stimulates your child’s senses of 


Touch

Smell

Taste

Movement

Balance

Sight 

Hearing


Through having their senses stimulated in a fun activity, it motivates them to explore and therefore learn different skills and subjects - all depending on how the sensory play is designed (To check out some examples of sensory play and how to set them up, check out our previous blogpost or Youtube channel)


Why sensory play is important 1:

A young brain develops best when multiple senses are engaged

During the toddler phase, your child’s brain is developing at a rapid rate! And guess what is the one thing that stimulates brain development? Yes, it’s sensory play. This is because we all learn and remember lessons through experience, and experience involves - you guessed it - our senses. 


Why sensory play is important 2: 

Early childhood is the most critical time for developing learning skills through sensory play

If you are still waiting for the right moment to introduce your little one to sensory play, you should probably act on it right now! Studies show that a child’s sensory processing capabilities (which help them learn) are almost only truly developed during the pre-school phase. 




Why sensory play is important 3: 

Your child develops a myriad of skills important for their holistic wellbeing

Some of these skills include: linguistic (language), numeracy (numbers), cognitive (forming thought), social, emotional skills, as well as creativity, confidence and independence. That sure makes one VERY well-rounded child!


Still feeling overwhelmed? The truth is, creating sensory play experiences for your child need not be complicated at all.

The My Messy Box team is working very hard right now to design resources that can help every parent use sensory play to nurture a bright and happy child. 

Stay tuned for more! 

Meanwhile, you can check out some free resources by clicking here.

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