The sharpness of bitter lemon. The fragrance of fresh rain. The plush feeling of a warm blanket. Everyone relies on their senses to understand the world, but sensory play for toddlers is especially important.
When kids take part in sensory play, they’re exploring through touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight, and hearing—all things that are crucial for brain development and hitting those developmental milestones. That’s why it’s common to find your little one constantly putting things in their mouths, grabbing things, and climbing on everything.
And because it’s so important for them, it’s also a great idea to encourage sensory play. But if you don’t want to find your car keys in your little one’s mouth (again), we’ve got some other ways you can encourage your child to take part in that sensory goodness.