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Why is Sensory Play Important?

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Why is sensory play important?

I am sure you have seen or experienced a child tossing rice from a sensory bin on to the floor and don't understand why anyone would buy a sensory bin.

Sensory play looks overwhelming from the outside, and it is understandable how one could think this if they are not aware of all the benefits happening during this so called messy play.

How do you control the mess? 

Are you hesitant to give your child a sensory bin in fear they could actually make a mess? Pause right there. What is sensory bins are more than just messes? What if a sensory bin could actually provide an endless amount of learning and child development?

Sensory bins look like a huge mess from the outside and they can be without the proper boundaries for kids. Set the rules up front when giving a child the sensory bin - ie. no throwing, no dumping, no tasting. Reinforce the rules as the child continues to play with the items in the sensory bin. Toddlers especially can’t resist dumping things. But with time, patience and consistency it will happen. The child will learn how to play with the sensory bins in a clean manner and truly enjoy their time and so will you!

What can children learn from a sensory bin?

The best part is the various ways the child will learn and development from sensory bins.

1. Life Skills - 

Sensory bins teach children skills things like scooping, pouring, and dumping. This is how kids learn spoon skills and transferring skills. 

2. Independent Play - 

Children concentrate and focus during sensory bin play in a much different way than when they are using toys that tells them what to do (such as battery operated toys) or how to do it (think light up toys that talk and ask questions).

3. Tactile Learning - 

When a child is playing with a sensory bin, they are using multiple senses to learn about the world. They are seeing how the rice moves, hearing the way pasta sounds when it pours, and feeling how the sands moves through their hands.

4. Motor Skill Development - 

Sensory bins can increase hand strength as children stir, scoop, dig and pour. Our sensory bins include tongs, spoons and scoops to encourage tool use and develop grasp patterns needed for handwriting and managing feeding utensils. Children cross their midline in sensory bins by rotating their shoulders and arms passing objects across the bin.

5. Pre-Math Skills - 

Children are also using skills useful for science and math in measuring, guesstimating and learning about cause and effect while manipulating sensory materials.


And the best part is sensory bins can last for a long time if kept clean and stored properly. When you are done, put the lid on and store the sensory bin away and then bring it back out at a later date and you will be amazed at how differently your child will play with the same sensory bin in a whole new way.

Check out all the different sensory bins we have to offer and reach out to us if you have any questions. - Shop here.

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