Preschool sensory activities are a great way to entertain kids while exploring new and unique things! Sensory bins are only the beginning!
The Importance of Sensory Activities in Preschool
Sensory activities help your kid’s brain develop and make complex connections. Your kid’s brain is expanding and making new pathways through experiencing new and unique sounds, textures, smells, and noises. Play is key for brain development!
New textures can take some getting used to for kids — just like new foods! With the new textures being inviting and fun, kids are more likely to engage with it. When kids become comfortable with new textures in play, it may transfer over into kids being okay with these textures in food. A mom can hope this will end picky eating, right?!
Curiosity is piqued when new activities are presented. What things feel and smell like are things that kids are interested in. They wonder what will happen if they squeeze, shake, or break apart the items. New sensory activities allow kids to explore their curiosity and learn about cause and effect.
Increased focus and attention on an activity are also a benefit of sensory play. Kids enjoy sensory play and can lose themselves in the activities. This will help build up stamina to complete other activities.
What Makes a Good Preschool Sensory Activity?
A good sensory activity needs to be inviting for the preschooler. If your kid isn’t interested in it, he won’t do the activity. This can be as simple as putting a favorite character or animal figure in the sensory bin.
New sensory experiences are important. You are trying to have your kids experience something they rarely, if ever, have experienced to help their brains to make new connections and pathways. This may be as simple as a new texture or a new smell.
Open-ended activities are a must when it comes to sensory activities. This allows your kids to engage with the materials how they want. Doing this not only helps not only to make the activity more enjoyable for them, but they are also more likely to play longer.
Allow your kids to get messy! Not all sensory activities can be easily contained. If possible, take the sensory activity outside. Less clean up for you (yay!) and more opportunities to build connections in your kid’s brain. Even playing outside in bare feet can be a new sensory experience!
Body movement and awareness are included in kids’ sensory needs. The sensory activity should allow for kids to move around, jump, hop, skip, whatever! Not only does this help to get out some energy, but it also helps your preschooler to learn how his body moves so he can gain better control over it.
Must-Try Preschool Sensory Activities
Preschool Sensory Activities to Try This Week
Each one of these preschool sensory activities are a great way to entertain kids while they explore new and unique things! With fun activities like sensory wall mosaic art, glitter galaxy slime, giant water beads and so many more, your kids will want to try all of them!
This is a fun and simple construction zone sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers using rice, beans and vehicles! If your toddler is a car fanatic then they will love this construction zone sensory bin made out of two common household ingredients, beans and rice!
Make a sensory rainbow by pushing the straws into shaving cream. By using the shaving cream as a base, the straws are able to stick and kids get to enjoy a sensory activity by playing with the shaving cream when they are done.
This two ingredient playdough recipe is perfect for those times when you just can’t do a whole batch of playdough from scratch. As an added benefit, it smells amazing, and feels different than other playdough.
Rainbow in a Bag is a fun sensory painting activity for kids of all ages. This sensory painting activity is so satisfying that you will want to paint with it too! The best part of this sensory activity is that it’s mess free and safe for even the smallest artist!
This Giant Water Bead Play activity is such a wonderful sensory activity. And the best part? Water beads are so simple to set up as well! Your child is going to love feeling these giant water beads and watching them roll around and play.
This particular homemade playdough is pretty easy to make and is tasty. It uses easy ingredients you probably already have at home. And it wows your kids to make playdough out of something they already love.