We really work on our home to make it as Montessori / kid-friendly as possible. For a while Estella did not wanted to play in her play corner in our living room. So I took a look at it and realized: It is not an inspiring athmosphere. I want and I will create an environment for her in which she can discover the life, she lives in, in which she learnes and plays and has a lot of fun and where she can make different and save experiences.
I am currently working on her place, placing a mirror there (kids love to play with themself in the mirror), she already has a matress on the floor, we want a little table for her and a chair. And as well do I want to make her a little tipee)
I am updating the play corner here and will also show you how it looks when it is finished. But for now I thought I want her to have a sensory experience. It is an easy peasy guide so you are in, if you have rice at home and a bowl.
Why rice or why sensory play you asking?
Definition of Sensory Play
As humans, we have five senses through which we experience and explore our world. They are hearing, smell, touch, sight, and taste. As a parent, allowing your child to engage in play activities that appeal to their senses is important. Through sensory play, children can experience stimulation of their senses. Simply said, we engage in and understand life though the sensory information our senses pick up.
Baby Sensory Play Is Where It All Begins
Children as babies have a tendency to want to put everything in their mouth. The reason they do this is because a baby’s first instinct to survive is to find food. So a baby’s mouth provides critical sensory input to help them thrive. So it’s natural for babies to suck on thumbs, their own first, and toys to explore their environment.
Sensory Development and Sensory Stimulation As Children Grow
In early childhood education, teachers know that children have different preferred sensory inputs for learning. Some children listen best through auditory (hearing) information. Other children learn better through seeing material being written on a blackboard or in a textbook (sight). Still other children have a dominant learning style of kinesthetic (moving). Often when educational material is reinforced by a combined style (for instance written and spoken material) students retain more information. Every individual has a dominant (preferred) style for sensory input.
What she did
She examined it, dropped it, flung it, squished it into her face, tasted it. And of course she threw it all on the floor 😀
The look of concentration on her face really shows me how much thinking and wondering was going on as she played and explored this new, never touched substance. She really enjoyed playing with the rice – her new “toy” and stayed absorbed in the experience for a good time.
Hope you liked that! Happy Sunday guys!