A new sensory bin containing Halloween candy corn was added to our preschool classroom. The kids loved it! The idea came from Teach Preschool, but we changed it a bit and added plastic spiders, snakes, skeletons, and bats to the mix. The Halloween cups and orange spoons added to the festive mood.
Sensory play is a critical component of a preschool classroom as it is the primary way in which children gain knowledge. They have been learning since birth through touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound.
Children need to have many sensory play experiences in order to fully develop this avenue of learning.
Sensory play is also part of the scientific process where children use their senses to collect and process data.
Sensory play enhances language, social, and cognitive skills. Here Gloria interacts with the Children in Chinese.
An excellent must read post about sensory play written by Amanda Morgan can be found here: A Handful of Fun: Why Sensory Play is Important for Preschoolers | Not Just Cute