When your child is in preschool, they are learning many new things, such as basic socialization and sensory input skills. Sensory play is important for children at this age, as it helps teach them so much about the world around them. The following activities will activate and improve different senses in your child.
Playing With Rice
Rice is small and has a texture that feels intriguing to children when they run their hands through it. They feel of the rice running through their fingers creates a unique sensory stimulation, as their skin is practicing tracking multiple tiny objects.
Playing with small grins of rice also helps improve fine motor skills and can also be a fun way to challenge their hearing skills, as they listen to the grains of rice fall and collect at the bottom of a container.
Clay Art Activities
Playing with clay is one of the most popular activities in any preschool classroom. Humans have skillfully manipulated clay for millions of years, with some of the earliest toys in existence being hardened clay animals.
As a result, children have an instinctive love of playing with and manipulating clay and can work their fine motor skills with ease when using clay. They also improve their sensory memory skills by more fully understanding how manipulating a substance changes its shape.
Sniff The Scent
Preschool children have incredible senses of scent, which means you must boost their olfactory recognition abilities very early in life. Create scent jars by pouring a small amount of liquid (such as peppermint or ginger) in the bottom of the jar and telling the children what each scent represents. You can also create your own unique mason jar candles and burn them during the day to give your child regular contact with a unique scent.
One of the most important skills a child can learn is pattern recognition, as this can help them master language and mathematics at a much earlier age. This primarily visual skill can be challenged in a variety of ways. For example, you could create patterns of colored blocks that children must replicate. Using colored blocks is a good idea for children at this age, as color is one of the earliest things they'll learn.
These activities can be implemented at home or even in a preschool classroom setting. The great thing about these activities is that they tap into the child's innate sense of fun, which helps inspire them to continue playing. Talk to your child's teacher for more info.