Why is sensory play important?
Children use their senses to make sense of the world. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, hearing and moving.
Sensory play assists in the development of trust and understanding of textures in an environment with little expectation.
Sensory play can also encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills. It encourages exploring, creativity and problem solving. Most importantly it encourages independent play.
What are open ended toys and why are they important
Open ended toys are ones that can be played with in may different ways. Building blocks, cars, dolls, and playdough are some of the most common.
When children play with open ended toys they are developing social skills, problem-solving skills, language skills, gross and fine motor skills as well as creativity. Open ended toys are used to suit your child's imagination.
Raising Independent Children
"The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and wings of independence" - Maria Montessori
The fundamental foundation for this independence is laid at the beginning of a child's life.