Elements of Play

Sensory play

The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.
— Richard Louv

Back to Nature.

In order to understand and appreciate our environment we require a sensory exploration within nature, where our senses must to be activated and stimulated to achieve connection. In today’s world, we more commonly see a lack of sensory experience in nature because of varying cultural factors, including screen time. It is our responsibility to create opportunities for children to know their environment through meaningful, sensory exploration.

Benefits of sensory play:

·     Builds neural pathways and nerve connections

·     Supports growth and development through motor skills, problem solving and social interaction

·     Develops memory function

·     Exploration of texture and temperature

Examples of sensory elements: 

·     Mud kitchen

·     Sand pit

·     Gardens and garden beds

·     Sensory plants

·     Rock edging and rock river beds

·     Water play - water pumps

·     Elements with contrasting textures

·     Rope

·     Natural elements such as timber over plastic

Sensory development - Water Play.