We hope you have found our “Why Sensory Play” Series helpful to you and your child. If you have missed the earlier posts, you can read them here:
Sensory Play develops Fine Motor Skills
The development of fine motor skills are vital for a child’s learning in life. It is in essence the developement of one’s hand-eye coordination. These small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements need to support a great number of other vital physical and mental skills of a child. We see these skills being honed when a helpless baby starts to form a pincer grip, grasp a rattle, or hold a sippy cup. It is a life skill that a young child needs to explore the world around them.
Sensory play undoubtedly develops your child’s fine motor skills, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination etc. It is also probably the most fun and imaginative way to do so. When their small hands manipulate and play with textured materials to do things such as mixing, rolling, blending, pouring and scooping, the smaller muscles develop dexterity and strength over time. They become familiar with these important skills that are needed through life.
Grab a tub of our handmade scented playdough and play with your child today. Talk about how you can “roll”, “squeeze”, “cut” the playdough into wonder wonder creations. The possibilities are endless!
OR grab a bucket and fill it with water beads for your child. Give your child a scoop or a strainer and allow him/her to “pour”, “scoop” and feel the beads.
Allowing your child to sharpen these fine motor skills early in life will open doors to endless future explorations! Have fun!