Why is sensory play so important?

I'm sure if you look on any nursery website, or google activity ideas for babies you will come across sensory play. I've worked in early years for a long time and some things become so normal, we can forget why we do it. 

With this in mind, and with Toddletown's commitment to continuous development, I recently attended the NDNA course on Brilliant Babies. From this, I have found a renewed understanding of the importance of offering babies more of a sensory experience to help their brain development.

Did you know that interactions within the womb begin the development of your baby’s synapses? For those of us that haven’t heard of synapses, they are the connections in our brains that connect the neurons together. Also between the ages of 0-3 your child has twice as many as they will have in adulthood….!

The NDNA course highlighted that to help healthy brain development in babies; babies should be exposed to a wealth of sensory experiences and also an enriched environment full of language, vocabulary and communication.

At Toddletown we provide a stimulating environment and activities using a range of resources, including different textures, sizes, colours, sounds and noises, as well as opportunities for our babies to explore movement at different heights and levels.

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My last interesting fact that I took away from the NDNA course, was the more possibilities and opportunities our babies get to explore a sensory world using their fingers. The more the sensory receptors and nerves develop in their fingertips, meaning they will use their mouths less to explore with.

In next week's blog I'll share some ideas for sensory activities! 


Posted on 3rd October 2019

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