Why Sensory Play?

Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain – unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10 and 20 repetitions! 

-Dr Karen Purvis

What is sensory play?

Sensory Play is any activity that stimulates your child through their senses.
Sensory activities allow for exploration and naturally encourage children to create, investigate and explore through play. The sensory activities we provide allow children to explore different sensory
mediums and create stronger connections to process sensory information.

What are the benefits?

Children, from birth and throughout early childhood, use their senses to explore and make sense of the world around them. This is done through the five senses (seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling) and through movement. Sensory or messy play, as it is also known, has a number of benefits to young children. It assists with a child’s development as they learn about their environment. Research suggests providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses to explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development. This helps to develop nerve connections in the brain’s pathways. These connections lead to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem-solving skills. Through movement, a child’s able to develop body awareness and balance. 

Sensory or messy play is not focused on a product, the focus is on the process. This type of free play helps to develop self-esteem and self-confidence. Sensory play enables the child to develop a sense of control, as there is no one way to play or create. The adult’s role in sensory play is very important as your reactions have an impact on your child’s reactions. A child will also need support to learn about socialising, making friends, sharing and taking turns. 

We design our sessions to engage your child and give them opportunities to try some different things that you may not be keen to try at home. It may take a few sessions for your child to feel comfortable with messy play, but the benefits are totally worth it.

What our parents have to say

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"Wow. This is the best session I have found so far. My 17 month old boy just loves it. Amy and Karen are fabulous coordinators and makers of all things gooey! Great session, wonderful facilitators, different and exciting new stations each week, I can not recommend it enough. Learning through exploring is just the best."

"Kaia had a blast! She loves the bird seed everytime! I like all the different stations for the babes to play with and explore all the different textures from going fishing to slime to salt!
Keep up the good work team and hopefully we will see you next term."

"Highly recommend The Sensory Room - Amy and Karen put a lot of effort into setting up different stations of sensory play, and my 18m old son absolutely loves the range of  activities for him to sink his teeth into (literally!) He's experienced lots of different textures, and had fun doing some lovely crafts and painting, the 1hr session isn't too long for the kids and best of all there's no clean up at the end! We really enjoy our time here" :)