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The Benefits of Sensory Play
We know that young children are oriented toward sensory experiences. From birth,
children have learned about the world by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing. Sensory play also contributes in crucial ways to brain development. Think of it
as “food for the brain.” Stimulating the senses sends signals to children’s brains that
help to strengthen neural pathways important for all types of learning. For example,
as children explore sensory materials, they develop their sense of touch, which lays
the foundation for learning other skills, such as identifying objects by touch, and using
fine-motor muscles. The materials children work with at the sand and water table have
many sensory attributes — they may be warm or cool, wet or dry, rough or smooth,
hard or soft, textured or slimy. Discovering and differentiating these characteristics is a
first step in classification, or sorting — an important part of preschoolers’ science learning and discovery.

teaching cold with this sensory bin 
made up of
blue water beads
ice cubes
shaving cream
baking soda
and toy north pole and south pole animals
i used tin foil just to separate the water beads



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