”In play experiences, combining the sense of touch with the senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell helps build cognitive skills’‘
I’m stealing this brilliant idea from my fellow Nanny who is also a good friend of mine. We actually did this together once and I must say the kids loved it! So I would love to share it with you! It is super easy to make, but provides a lot of joy! It is a wonderful idea when you need a quick entertainment or a long play session.
👉🏼 This sensory play can also be super helpful when a child is particularly fussy with eating foods with a wet texture such as spaghetti. The use of sensory play can assist the child in touching, smelling and playing with the texture in an environment with little expectation.
But first I would just like to quickly touch on why sensory play is good.
- Sensory play helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
- Sensory activities prompt children to use scientific processes while they play.
- It is proven that engaging a child’s senses while presenting them with a learning task helps them to retain the information and fully comprehend it.
- Sensory play is therapeutic on an emotional level and helps to calm and soothe children during difficult times or before bed.
- Sensory play facilitates language development, problem solving skills, cognitive function, and fine and gross motor skills.
- Playing with sensory materials helps children to develop their creative process.
”Cognitive skills are those skills we use when we solve problems and create novel ideas from current ideas.”
Cook spaghetti as it says on the package. Than divide them into as many bags as you have colours. We did three this time, but you can get super creative. Than tip a few drops od dye into the bag (depending on how strong you want the colour to be) and a few drops of vegetable oil. Than mix them together to spread the colour all over spaghetti.
TIP: Leave the coloured spaghetti to dry if you don’t want the colours to stain your hands!
After that, it’s just fun! Use some forks, food tweezers, little figures, little cars, cups different sizes…
FUN FACT: Did you know that ZINC helps maintain healthy cognitive development? You can read a little more about it in this article here!
As always, sharing is caring!
The Lovely Nanny xx