Our senses are our most important support to help us make sense of our surrounding and explore and understand the world and things. Especially since childbirth to early childhood, it is our senses that play the greatest role in our overall development.
Having the right type of resources that help our brain to develop while we engage with our senses is extremely crucial for us to retain the information. This is where, in early childhood, the ‘sensory plays’ acts as a great platform for them to actively use their senses. It’s not just children who have certain sensory dysfunction disorder like autism who benefit from sensory toys but all children can benefit to support their cognitive growth and motor skills. Here are the benefits children can leverage using sensory toys:
- Enhances Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are related to small muscle groups that are related to improve specific skills like writing, buttoning, shoe-tying, zipping, and other similar activities. Sensory toys help children lace these things and movements along with learning important sensory attributes such as hot, cold and so, and improve the overall fine motor skills from a young age.
- Improves Language Skills
Communicating is extremely important for any child and the better they are able to understand things and interact relatively the better the communication is. The child gets better equipped to convey what they are feeling with meaningful expressions.
- Calming Babies
Babies are very energetic and impatient. They do need some kind of activity or indulgence to regulate their internal discomfort that can be any agitation sort of or boredom or restlessness. Engaging in sensory plays helps them to satiate their yearnings and therefore make them calm and quiet.
- Promotes Cognitive Growth
Your cognitive function is what defines how children’s mind works, how perceptive they are and are able to grasp information and act on that, solve a problem, along with impacting their social interaction. Memory functioning gets better when a child is involved in sensory plays.
The degree of engagement and the use of sensory toys and plays depend a lot on the natural ability of the child and their personal interests. If the child suffers from autistic and such disorders, then they would need a higher degree of involvement and monitoring on the part of parents and teachers.