Childhood should be messy and adventurous. I love watching children discover new things through their senses. Just looking at their faces you see their developing minds are always curious and wondering what an object is or trying to figure out how something works. They are discovering their world through their senses.
PBS describes sensory play as the following:
Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively. Learn all about child development through sensory play, find activities and crafts that encourage sensory play and discover how to make your own sensory table below.
At the end of the month, I will provide childcare for three children all under the age of 5 years old. In chatting with their mother I learned that the children love animals. Instantly I knew I wanted to create sensory boards for the children to explore.
Here are the boards Kate (my little 7 year old buddy) and I created this week
POM POM BOARD
PIPE CLEANER BOARD
CROCHET & FELT FLOWER BOARD
FAUX FUR BOARD
We were grinning ear to ear when we looked at our finished project. I can’t wait to share the boards with my new little friends at the end of the month. If you are interested in creating your own boards here is what you need and the helpful tips for your creations
- Wooden Picture Frames (.99 cents)
- Hot glue gun
- Acrylic paint
- Faux Fur
- Pom poms
- Pipe cleaners
- Large plastic butterfly
All items were purchased at A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts.
The project can be completed in an afternoon. Kate and I painted the frames first. The paint dried rapidly during the current heat wave here in DC. Next we hot glued the items on the back of the boards provided with the frame. We trimmed all items down to fit within the frame. It’s important to make sure the items are all secure so it can be used multiple times.
We would love to see your creations so please send us a link or hashtag #creativenannies on Instagram or Twitter so we can see your awesome sensory play boards.