How Does Learning Happen? tells us that “children thrive in indoor and outdoor spaces that invite them to investigate, imagine, think, create, solve problems, and make meaning from their experiences - especially when the spaces contain interesting and complex open-ended materials that children can use in many ways.”
By its nature, sensory play is unstructured, child-initiated and child-led. This play lends itself easily to “loose parts” play and facilitates learning on many levels. Sensory play is a valuable way of engaging children in activities that will heighten their senses and enrich learning.
The Recipes and Suggestions for Sensory and Creative Play booklet created by RFECY staff provides information on sensory activities that can be introduced at home and in group settings.