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Child Development

Sensory Play and Early Child Development

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. Spending time stimulating their senses helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively. Learn all about child development through sensory play, find activities and crafts that encourage sensory play and discover how to make your own sensory table below.



  • Developing and Cultivating Skills Through Sensory Play
  • Developing and Cultivating Skills with a Sensory Table
  • Early Exploration Through the Senses
  • Five Sensory Crafts for Kids:

  • Cloud Dough
  • Gak/Flubber/Slime
  • Silly Putty
  • Quicksand
  • Instant Snow
    • Sara, parent of Bentley

      my child very much enjoys sensory toy table and truly believe its help Bentley in developing his touch, sight and hearing skills. Makes him very aware of the sounds and sights around him.

    • Plantastic

      Ever see and grow a house plant that Moves and closes its leaves when you Tickle It? My kids love this easy to grow plant and gift idea.
      See video of the TickleMe Plant in action

    • bob

      hug me please

    • Naila

      this doesn’t tell me how it helps a child development very bad to be honest

      • lizzie

        Young children learn through play… they development in many different ways through sensory play depending how you present it to them and how they play with it…. for example.. with play-dough.. children are developing their gross and fine motor skills as well as their creativity….

    • Ashley Wells

      The best way to approach these activities is to present some ideas to your child and allow their preferences to guide you.

      Checked out for more educational games that make our child become that best

    • Venesa

      Sensory play helps foster and develop a variety of fine motor and language skills. Learn more and discover ready-to-play sensory bins at

    • Jennie Ziverk Carr

      Great information! I included in my blog post today about making Edible Monster Slime as a sensory activity for my toddlers.

    • Alycia Shapiro

      Great info and so true. Sharing with my SensoryEdge facebook page right now. My customers love this stuff!

    • Kandice Hurley Swearingain

      Thank you for the info, I linked to it on my website

    • Laura Chesmer

      Thanks for the information :) I’ve linked it on my blog

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