Sensory play is a term used to describe play that involves more than one sense, normally in addition to sight or hearing (as most play activities engage at least one of those). Children learn best when they are using more senses, as they are then able to use any of those senses to retrieve what they learnt. Sensory play involving touch can often be messy – finger painting and gloop fall into this category. We’ve included the really messy, devil-may-care activities, but for parents who don’t want to spend the rest of the day clearing up, we’ve included lots of great multi-sensory activities that will not require a major clean-up operation afterwards!
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