- Develop fine motor skills
- Enhance memory
- Fosters logic thinking and problem solving
- Promotes creativity and imagination
We all learn through our senses. From a young age, children discover and learn by touching, listening, observing, smelling, and tasting. It is especially important to stimulate the senses in early learning since it has been proven that children are more engaged in the lesson or activity if they are using their senses. A Sensory Board is one of the learning tools used to foster sensory play. Like many hands-on learning tools, Sensory Boards are a fun way to develop cognitive skills and learn. Sensory play encourages children to do activities were their senses are the main focus. Sensory Boards and similar toys foster toddlers to think while they work with their hands. Processing what they see and touch, children develop problem-solving skills.
In early development, children exercise fine and gross motor skills while they play and learn. Grabbing, pocking, pushing, pulling, caressing, and gripping are some of the hand movements exercised playing with Sensory Boards. Helping children learn to control their hands movements and strength their hands and finger muscles. Sensory Boards and other types of sensory play help children enhance dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Learning the movements, they will use in everyday life to complete task. Having fun repeating the actions until they mastered strengthening their fine motor skills. It prepares them for more advance movements such as tying a shoelace and writing.
Other cognitive skills developed through sensory play are memory and concentration. Sensory Boards and similar toys require children to be focused on the activity they are trying to accomplish. Entertained by the challenge of playing with a Sensory Board, a toddler concentrates on every detail of the experience. Touching, smelling, listening, or observing, children build recollections of what they learn through sensory play. Remembering the feeling of surfaces or a particular sound that comes from an object, children are exercising their memory. Making sense of their surroundings and learning how things work.
Most importantly, sensory play stimulates the mind. Making connections between the senses and the memory children interest in exploring and their curiosity is ignited. Fostering their imagination and curiosity from an early age. Sensory Boards and other sensory play activities help toddlers enhance their creativity. There are no rules on how a child plays, they can explore all the possible ways they can use the boards. Trying to decipher each station in the board. Sensory Boards and similar toys are never ending fun where children senses are heightened. The child is amused by the things they discover while they play.