To celebrate the launch of ‘Say Hello’ our new range of intelligent toys, we asked Dr Lin Day of Baby Sensory (who actually worked with us to create these development toys!) to explain what sensory play is and how it can help your baby.
Exploring the world through sensory play.
I developed my Baby Sensory classes in 2004 because I passionately believed, and still do, that early education is vital. Creating a sensory environment rich in sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures promotes brain growth, increases the capacity for intellectual development and forms the foundation for all future learning.
Did you know that, the most miraculous advances in your baby’s brain structure occur in the first three-months of life? During this period, an astonishing 2 million new connections are created every second! By the end of the first year, your baby’s brain will have doubled in volume as a direct result of learning from birth. Amazing isn’t it?
What is sensory play?
Sensory play is any activity that stimulates your baby’s six senses: touch, movement, smell, taste, seeing and hearing. Sensory activities naturally encourage babies to explore, develop and connect to the world around them through play.
How will it help my baby?
Kicking, batting and reaching for toys will strengthen your baby’s muscles, preparing them for crawling and walking.
- HAND-EYE COORDINATION
Encourage grasping and batting by giving your baby a variety of objects to explore with their hands, perfecting their coordination for later skills like eating and writing.
Friendly characters and smiling faces encourage baby to babble and begin those first conversations, pretending and imitating adult behaviour.
- SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
With friendly character toys, baby can begin to learn important skills like making friends and understanding the feelings of others.
Features and characters that encourage imaginative play let your baby use their creativity for problem solving and role-play.
Touching, shaking, pushing and rolling objects will teach your baby about the way they can influence the world around them.
- THINKING & UNDERSTANDING
Features that disappear and reappear, or objects that make noise when played with, help your baby understand that their actions have effects on their surroundings.
- ENGAGING THE SENSES
Sensory toys rich in sights, sounds, textures, smells and tastes stimulate brain growth and build a strong foundation for future learning.
Lay the foundations for your baby’s big adventures with textures, sights and sounds to discover – sparking their curiosity and desire to explore.
- CALMING & SLEEPING
Gentle movements of swaying toys and sleepy-faced characters help baby learn to calm themselves and settle to sleep.
Baby Sensory founder, Dr. Lin Day (PhD, M.Phil, PGCE, BSc, Dip Ed, SRN), is one of the UK’s leading parenting experts and a renowned author within the fields of sensory and childhood development.