Would you like to help your child work on their language skills in a fun and engaging way? Let’s see how sensory play benefits language development and what you can do to assist your baby, toddler or preschooler.
Many Benefits of Sensory Play
One of the best things about playing through sensory exploration is the benefit to many different areas of development!
Using many senses at once allows children to develop language, cognitive, motor, social and imaginative skills.
Using Descriptive Vocabulary
Squishy, bumpy, smooth, sticky, gooey, cold.
These are some fun descriptive words! And they’re only the beginning when it comes to developing vocabulary through sensory play.
When children are engaged in any type of play talking about their experiences will help develop language skills. If your child is already fairly verbal it will be helpful to observe and listen to the language they use naturally. You can then build off of what they are already saying to expand their sentences and vocabulary.
Ask Questions During Sensory Play!
By asking questions and having a conversation you can encourage describing language.
Here are some ways you can talk about it.
- “How does it feel?”
- “This feels (slimy, smooth, cold, etc.) to me.”
- “Have you ever felt anything else like this? Does it remind you of anything?”
Using Action Words During Sensory Play
You can also encourage the use of action words.
- “Let’s mix it!”
- “You’re pouring very carefully.”
- “Which spoon should we use to stir?”
These are just some ideas of how you can encourage language development through sensory play. But even if you don’t do any prompting on purpose the play itself will promote growth.
Sensory Play Benefits Language Development and More!
Sensory play lends itself well to pretending which will also encourage language.
By adding characters and props to sensory bins, children have the ability to practice conversation.
Through sensory play when mixing, scooping and pouring children will also be using their coordination and perfecting grasping skills. These skills will assist with early writing as they grow.
Remember of course, sensory play should be about the fun and the experience. And all learning will follow and occur naturally!
What to Read Next?
- How to Get Started with Sensory Play
- How Sensory Play Benefits Cognitive Development
- How Sensory Play Benefits Motor Development
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