As a parent, you’ve probably heard all about the wonders of sensory play and its incredible benefits for child development. But diving into this realm can be both thrilling and daunting, especially if you’re new to the concept. With Meemzy Magic, you and your little one can embark on an exciting journey of discovery and learning together! Explore our guide to sensory play, including basic supplies and the ease of curated kits.

What is Sensory Play?

Sensory play is exactly what it sounds like – engaging in activities that stimulate the senses! It’s about exploring the world through touch, sight, sound, smell, and even taste. From squishy textures to vibrant colors, sensory play encourages children to use their senses to explore, investigate, and make sense of the world around them. At present, sensory play not only captivates children’s imaginations but also serves as a valuable educational alternative to screen time.

The Benefits of Sensory Play

The benefits of sensory play are truly magical! Aside from providing tech-free entertainment for children, it also assists with their development; physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  • Stimulates Brain Development: Sensory play helps build neural connections in the brain, supporting cognitive growth and problem-solving skills.
  • Enhances Sensory Processing: By engaging with different textures, smells, and sounds, children learn to process sensory information more effectively.
  • Encourages Creativity and Imagination: Sensory play sparks creativity and imagination, allowing children to explore and express themselves in unique ways.
  • Promotes Fine Motor Skills: Activities like pouring, scooping, and molding strengthen fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • Fosters Emotional Regulation: Sensory play provides a calming outlet for children to manage emotions and reduce stress and anxiety.

How Do I Start Sensory Play?

Starting sensory play is easier than you think! The key is to keep it simple and safe. Here are some tips to get you started:

  1. Choose Suitable Activities: Start with activities that are age-appropriate and safe for your child. This could include playing with water, sand, playdough, or exploring different textures like rice, beans, or slime.
  2. Create a Sensory-Friendly Space: Designate a space in your home where your child can freely explore and engage in sensory play. Consider using a sensory table or large tray to contain messes. We love the IKEA Flisat Table!
  3. Follow Your Child’s Lead: Allow your child to take the lead and explore at their own pace. Remember, the goal is to allow them to partake in open-ended play! Observe their interests and reactions, and tailor the activities or items accordingly.
  4. Stay Supervised: Always supervise your child during sensory play to ensure their safety and guide them through the experience. This is especially important when introducing new materials. Moreso if your child is prone to putting things in their mouth.

Supplies for Sensory Play

You don’t need fancy gadgets or expensive toys to enjoy sensory play – simple household items can work wonders! Here are some basic items that can be used to craft a sensory experience, many of which you might already have in or around your home.

  • Water table or large plastic tray
  • Sensory bins or containers
  • Playdough
  • Various textures (rice, beans, pasta, cotton balls, etc.)
  • Scoops, cups, and utensils
  • Natural materials (leaves, rocks, shells)
  • Non-toxic paint and brushes
  • Musical instruments and shakers

Meemzy Magic Sensory Play Kits

Sensory play is a magical journey of exploration, discovery, and learning for both children and parents. In addition to being an amazing bonding experience! With Meemzy Magic as your guide, we hope you are encouraged to adventure with confidence, knowing that you’re providing your child with invaluable opportunities for growth, development, and endless fun! If you’re ready to dive head-first into sensory play, but would rather start with pre-made kits explore our shop. We offer a variety of themed sensory kits – two of which boast a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.