Our Craftercise Sensory Adventure Kits allow children to use not only their imagination and creativity but also their senses. Sensory play is incredibly important to a child’s development. Sensory integration is the process by which children receive information via their senses and organise and interpret this information, which comes to the brain from the senses, in order to make sense of the world around them. Through the provision of activities that require the use of the senses, children can explore, examine, discover, categorise, interpret and make sense of their world. Playing with our Sensory Adventure Kits is relaxing, calming, soothing and completely open-ended, there is no correct way to play with these kits. Every kit is unique and includes a variety of educational activities that can be used to enhance creativity, play and a range of learning outcomes.
The benefits of sensory play include the following:
- Develops fine motor skills: Manipulation of scoops, figurines, plants, and other objects
- Increases eye and hand coordination: Watching, doing and coordinating these actions
- Develops creativity through creative play, role-play and imaginative stories
- Sensory: Sense of touch; feeling and manipulating objects and molding the rice
- Language development: Playing with the sensory materials is a social activity requiring speaking and listening, and developing vocabulary through practicing and experimenting with language
- Develops muscle strength via lifting, digging, squatting, carrying sand around in buckets and using trucks
- Fosters social skills via sharing, negotiation and teamwork with other children (working together to go on an adventure or tell stories)
- Promotes cognitive development, since children learn the sound of what drift-wood pieces are hit together sound like or when water is added to a sponge. There are loads of educational activities included within each kit.
- Develops numeracy (i.e. mathematical concepts) through an understanding of less, equal and more, empty and full, heavy and light, and concepts of volume and measurement
- Encourages scientific experiments: For example, burying metal treasure and using magnets, using pulley systems with buckets (punching holes in plastic buckets of different sizes). If you add funnels, ramps and rolling pins, children will make up their own experiences to learn about basic scientific concepts
- Artistic expression is enhanced: For example, by drawing in the rice with hands, combs or objects; making up stories with objects and natural materials like rocks and flowers. Children can use imaginary play to create little worlds, kingdoms and scenarios.