MESSY PLAY AND ENGAGING THE SENSES
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Stacey and Kim from @mikro_australia to bring you a very insightful article on why messy play is important for developing your child senses.
Messy Play is another word for Sensory Play. As teachers, we have a background in child development. We understand the importance of not only play, but also Sensory Play and its benefits.
Parents dread those words “Messy Play”- But what is it, and what are the benefits?Below are a few key pointers as to why we love our kids to get messy.
Messy play is play based learning engaging the sensors. Here are five key pointers as to why we love our kids to get messy!
Sensory play helps to form neural connections in the brain. The network of connections built in your little ones brain is stimulated through exploratory play.
Creativity- sensory materials spark imaginative processes.
The senses ( taste, touch, hear, smell, sight ) that are stimulated during a learning task help with retaining and comprehending the activity.
Engaging the senses calms and soothes irritable children. Especially at those tricky times of the day such as bedtime
Language development, problem solving skills, cognitive function, fine motor and
gross motor skills are fostered through sensory play. Scientific thinking is prompted while your child gets messy!
So what’s not to love about Messy Play and why don’t we do it on the daily? The number one reason most mums don’t set up Sensory play activities for their little ones is the mess! And this is why our easy to clean play mats are ideal! Play dough, sensory sand, rainbow foam and many more gooey, sticky, squelchy fun activities are wiped clean on our waterproof surface.
Looking for some simple home recipes with ingredients that you already have in the home? Head to the Mikro Australia website for simplistic ideas that elevate play time for hours of fun and learning.
With so many benefits to enjoying your play mat its easy to see why so many have been rejoicing to ‘Play the @mikro_australia way!’