Exploring Sensory Play and Early Learning with Playwell Brooklyn
December 9th, 2023
by A Nanny Match
Sensory and Free play is not only incredibly fun but also a fundamental part of early childhood development. It engages a child's senses—sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell—providing a rich learning experience beyond traditional teaching methods.
Through shared play experiences, children develop a sense of belonging, understanding, and acceptance, laying the groundwork for a more inclusive and compassionate society. Moreover, free play contributes significantly to children's holistic wellness by encouraging physical activity, boosting mental health, and enhancing emotional well-being.
As nannies, it's essential to understand the significance of sensory play and how it contributes to a child's growth and development.
The Benefits of Sensory Play
Sensory play offers a multitude of benefits for children:
Cognitive Development: It stimulates brain development by encouraging problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.
Language Skills: Sensory play provides opportunities for children to describe their experiences, expanding their vocabulary.
Fine Motor Skills: Activities like pouring, scooping, and pinching promote the development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Social and Emotional Growth: Sensory play can be a collaborative experience, helping children learn to share, take turns, and express their emotions.
Calming and Soothing: It can have a calming effect on children, aiding self-regulation and reducing anxiety.
Sensory Activities for Early Learning
Here are some sensory activities you can incorporate into your daily routine as a nanny:
1. Sensory Bins: Create themed sensory bins using materials like rice, sand, or water. Add small toys, scoops, and containers for endless exploration.
2. Playdough Play: Homemade or store-bought playdough offers endless possibilities for creativity and tactile exploration.
3. Nature Walks: Take your little ones on nature walks to explore different textures, sounds, and smells in the great outdoors.
4. Messy Play: Embrace the mess with activities like finger painting, shaving cream art, or making slime.
5. Sensory Bottles: Fill clear plastic bottles with colorful liquids, glitter, or small objects. These bottles provide visual and auditory stimulation.
Partnering with Playwell Brooklyn
Playwell Brooklyn is our esteemed partner, and they share our passion for children's development. Founded by two passionate occupational therapists, Playwell Brooklyn offers a unique and inclusive play space for kids in NYC. Their expertly designed activities cater to sensory exploration and early learning.
Playwell Brooklyn is committed to creating a welcoming environment for both neurodivergent and neurotypical children. This makes them an invaluable resource for nannies and families seeking to provide a nurturing and educational environment for the children in their care. Moreover, playspaces prioritizing inclusivity encourages social interaction, empathy, and mutual respect among children. It not only contributes to the well-being of neurodivergent children but also promotes a more compassionate and inclusive society at large.
Incorporating sensory play into your nanny toolkit can make a world of difference in your little one's daily life and overall growth and development. So, let's dive into sensory exploration and create meaningful, engaging experiences for the children we care for.
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Together, we can nurture their growth, curiosity, and love for learning with Playwell Brooklyn as an inspiring partner in this journey.