But, what is sensory play? It allows a toddler to use one or more of the five senses (touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing) to learn more about his or her environment. By stimulating the senses you are helping your toddler improve language and basic motor skills. It also helps toddlers develop cognitively, linguistically, socially and emotionally, physically and creatively. Some parents may refer to sensory play as messy play, but you can make it as messy or less messy as you would like!
To improve toddler language development through sensory play let your toddler touch and feel various textures such as soft, rough, and wet. Include as many textures as you can. Examples of these textures include putting your toddler’s hands in a bowl of dry rice, sand, and water. You can also have your toddler paint with finger paints and shaving cream or search for small toys in a bowl of water or rice. Talk about the textures and what you’re toddler is doing with them. For example when playing in a sand box you can say, “The sand is rough and wet. Oh look, you're pouring the sand into the bucket.”
Here is a list of several sensory activities for babies and toddlers. Don't forget that you can use these activities to build toddler speech and language skills!
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To learn more speech and language tips to help your toddler talk and communicate faster, be sure to check out my book on Amazon Kindle, Talking With Toddlers - 52 Tips to Boost Speech and Language Skills.