(Written by Tracey Louis) Parents of busy toddlers and pre-school children are often kept on their toes trying to find fun, engaging and affordable activities to keep the kiddos occupied. Kids learn so much through their play; it is how they discover the world and develop their coordination, ability to focus, body awareness and many other skills that translate to more social, intellectual and emotion success as they grow up. Sensory play (play activities that engage the five senses: smell, sight, sound, taste and touch) are ideal for developing these skills.
Summertime brings the perfect weather to take sensory play outside. Kids get to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and clean up is a snap for parents who can just hose off the messy evidence of a fun play session afterward. Here’s four sensory play activities that will keep kids happy and won’t break the bank (in fact, many of the materials can easily be found around the house or at the 99 cent store). [Read more...]