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Benefits of Sensory Play

I watched as my 3-year-old daughter purposefully stacked small balls of playdough - which she'd earlier rolled into balls with the cups of her hands - into a tower. She pressed each ball into the one below it - carefully - so that the structure wouldn't topple over. 
Within that 15-minutes of play, my daughter engaged her senses. From the sight of the colourful, handmade dough, to the sound it made between her fingers, and the feeling of its soft, squashy texture.
She'd also used her imagination, honed her fine motor skills and developed her language - as she proudly described her masterpiece to us!
Playing with rainbow rice, playdough & crayons, allows children to experience different environments, which in turn helps them to make sense of the world around them.  Most of all, sensory play is fun!