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What is sensory play?

Sensory play is, quite simply, any activity that stimulates the senses. This includes the five main senses of touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound, as well as the two not-as-frequently-mentioned senses: vestibular (sense of balance) and proprioceptive (sense of where each body part is in relation to the rest.




At birth, a child’s senses are not fully developed. Instead, they develop over time as children engage with the world around them. This means that babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing, and moving their bodies.

Because young children’s senses are still developing, each new sensory experience builds neural pathways that grow the architecture of the brain. The brain growth that occurs through sensory play enhances children’s senses, and their enhanced senses in turn make them better able to use those senses for learning.

So water beads! Kyra loves squishing them, she looks at them with awe and tries to understand them. She can spend an hour with them.

Here we hid some animals for her to find with her affected hand. I am holding her good hand as kyra dumped water on her regular CIMT cast and got it wet. So hand holding cimt, if thats a thing! You know what I mean.

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