What is Sensory Play
Why Sensory Play is Important
Sensory play allows for self-discovery. The open-endedness of it encourages imaginative play and problem solving. Adults may not see "the point" of this type of play, since nothing is created or produced. The child dictates the play that happens based on what he or she NEEDS to learn...cause-and-effect, the concept of filling-and-emptying, small world reenactment, etc.
Manipulating the sensory materials and tools also develops motor skills needed for future writing. Scooping and pouring requires core strength, shoulder stability and wrist rotation.
Rules of Sensory Play
They aren't many. There's no WRONG way to play in a sensory bin! Let the play evolve. It will be different with different children and ages.
Scooping and pouring is just the beginning. Add figurines and watch the imaginative play that happens. Rice becomes dinosaur food. Feed corn becomes the "water" that fills the toy swimming pool.