Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Sensory play encourages scientific processes because problems are solved using the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Sensory Play is important for stimulating children's senses. It helps them develop creatively, socially and emotionally, cognitively, linguistically and physically. Stimulating a child’s senses helps their brain develop because when a sense is engaged neural pathways are being created to assist with further learning in later years.
Sensory play is also good for emotional regulation. Children cannot always express what is going on emotionally for them. When a child needs help to regulate their emotions, you might find that using this type of play can help them to calm down. Children can also come to associate certain sensory toys with their process of self-soothing.
Sensory play with child can be as simple as having a tub (as pictured above) with pipe cleaners, bobbles, feathers and other things that encourage creative play and engages the senses. You can also get squishy toys for calming (pictured below) that engage their sense of touch and smell and aid grounding.
Stress relieving squishy ball - Amazon