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What is Sensory Play?

Children learn best and retain the most information when they engage their senses, which is why we have developed a whole range of products to do just that. When you think of sensory play, you immediately picture children playing with sand and water. Whilst this isn’t the only way in which children can develop their senses, we know just how much children love this type of play.

Our Sandhut Major not only assists in the development of key senses, it allows children to create their own games, increase their social skills and take part in imaginative play. When closed, the Sandhut Major acts as a performance stage, bringing a theatrical feel to the playground. Allowing children to run away with their imagination and build their confidence by performing to their peers.

Our playboards are the perfect addition to any playground or sensory garden, with the music boards encouraging children to interact with more creative subjects, outside of the class room. Using our playboards to experiment with different sounds and rhythms, will not only provide many years of great play, but also help children to develop their fine motor skills.  Our painting station allows children to take art outdoors and is designed to feed their minds to encourage the development of creativity, social skills and co-operation.

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What should you consider when selecting sensory play items?

So, what do we at Creative Play consider – or rather, in agreement with experts in their particular field – consider to be five key benefits of sensory play? It’s long been established that young children are oriented toward sensory experiences, with toddlers given carte blanche to discover the world around them courtesy of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling.

They rarely get as excited and engaged as when they get to dabble with hyper-sensory materials to determine if they’re warm or cool, wet or dry, rough or smooth. These experiences lay the foundations for learning other skills, along with fine-tuning motor muscles to boot. Discovery of such essential characteristics is a natural starting point for a myriad of life’s journeys. Generally speaking, specialists collectively understand that the five key benefits of sensory play are as follows;

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The benefits of Sensory Play

  1. Sensory play builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing for more complex learning tasks
  2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem-solving skills, and social interaction
  3. Sensory play aids in developing and enhancing memory functioning
  4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
  5. Sensory play helps children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc)

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Our journey with sensory play

Here at Creative Play, we are highly passionate about all of our play solutions, but one area that we are particularly passionate about is our sensory play range. The ability for sensory play to help children to learn – notably children of all different backgrounds and abilities – is a real strength within our play range. We offer a variety of different sensory play items that can appeal to children of different ages.

We offer items that fit brilliantly in sensory gardens, with the natural elements able to provide a range of sensory benefits. If you’re looking to build a sensory playground to fit the exact play needs of your young people, we can help you to find the perfect fit.

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How does sensory play help children?

Look. Listen. Touch. Smell. Taste. Five fundamental elements of life that we often take for granted.

These are the senses that we’re born with and quickly learn to adapt with as we journey through our initial development phases. Each of us will experience them in slightly differing ways, and some will, of course, suffer additional challenges or certain limitations to one or more sense, but we will all go through life engaging with the world in large part through our senses. In this day and age, there are a plethora of activities used to engage young children, many aimed at helping them experiment with the key attributes associated with the five predominant senses as they grow, both in-home and educational environments.

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These methods tend to recruit a variety of textures, substances, ingredients and props in general which come together to create an overall awareness and stimulation of the core senses. Everything from playdough, water/sand play, sensory bags, finger painting and interaction with animals, music, or light, even trampolining; there’s an almost inexhaustible selection to choose from today! The benefits which academics have discovered to be most clear when toddlers embrace sensory play are varied, but include the following truths now commonly acknowledged by those tailoring early years learning packages.

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It’s also worth noting that sensory play can go that step further when involving children who suffer from medical conditions which they’re either born with or develop at a later stage, including deafness, blindness and a variety of other illnesses or challenges which can challenge their ability to learn and develop certain skills. Here at Creative Play, we’re really passionate about building play spaces that are inclusive for all children, and we believe that sensory play activities, products and approaches really come into their own with individuals or groups who may struggle to grasp certain skills or actions, whatever the reason may be.

Sensory play is being utilised more than ever before in a range of scenarios and settings, as many adopt a more proactive stance in empowering and facilitating children to use their sense to develop a variety of skills at the beginning of their life journey. We love that Creative Play gets to be a part of supporting that journey, with a variety of high-quality sensory play items that are designed and created in-house.

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How do we ensure the quality of our sensory play range?

We ensure the highest levels of thought and care go into each of the items we create, with our full range of sensory play items available here. We guarantee that any item you receive will look fantastic, offer lasting quality and also be very competitively priced, giving the very best to your home, school or nursery. We’re highly passionate about sensory play and we’d love to talk to you about how we can support your children with their sensory play needs. We love to see young people learning and enjoying themselves with our equipment, and our team are more than happy to chat with you by phone or email today.

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How do I move forward with selecting my sensory play items?

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For more information on any of the products mentioned above, call us today on 01244 375627 where one of our friendly and helpful advisors can answer any questions you may have, or you can visit our website www.creativeplayuk.com. Alternatively, email us at sales@creativeplayuk.com.

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