Sensory Corner: 55 Easy Items to Include in a Sensory Table at Home or School
[Source: Friendship Circle]
Our senses are how we experience the world around us.
These experiences are crucial to kids understanding the stimuli in their surroundings. The term “sensory” means that one or more of the five senses is engaged in an experience through seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and/or smelling.
Sensory tables work to engage these senses. As human beings, these five different tracks of information come into our brains and together these senses create our own individual experiences. Children (and adults!) learn best and retain the most information when their senses are engaged.
This is why sensory tables might be the perfect way to let children exercise their senses and develop their skills. They provide children the opportunity to investigate tactilely-stimulating materials with no preconceived knowledge. In this exploration, children are developing cognitive, social/emotional, physical, communicative and of course, sensory skills.
While there is no wrong way to make a sensory table, here are some suggestions to make yours optimal for the sensory interests of your child:
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