Stimulating Development in Early Years
Creating a fun environment for gathering, teaching and learning really isn’t as hard or expensive as it looks! Children need more social and emotional support in 2020 as they have been knocked off their daily patterns. Enabling children to be creative increases their emotional creativity and this allows them to develop their imagination.
Depending on the project you can stimulate the development of children’s cognitive and physical skills and even expand their growth through sensory exploration. Below are some examples of activities focusing on motor skills, communication, and problem solving skills to stimulate your children’s development.
Using Textures for Sensory Learning
Sensory is a natural development stage for children, they get great fulfilment discovering the world through touch, taste and smell. To create this fun activity all you need to do is draw a sequence of numbers and letters onto a page. Use a dark marker to draw the letters and numbers.
Now that the page is ready, it’s time to add all the materials to your numbers and letters. You will need cotton balls, pipe cleaners, bubble wrap, balls or beans and any other suitable textures. The aim of the game is to have fun feeling the surface of the letters and learning to say them at the same time.
This is a great activity for toddlers who are learning numbers and the alphabet. The activity can also be used on older children with names, places, animals etc. Encourage the children to describe what they feel to identify new textures and to work on their vocabulary.
Bubble Wrap painting
Young children love textures and exploring new mediums, children never get bored of bubble wrap, stomping on it and squishing it to make it pop in their fingers. Bubble wrap is great for making unique prints. Create your very own sensory Exercise Book for your children or class.
Tools for the task
- Bubble wrap
- Exercise Book
Simply cut shapes, stars, animals and paint on the bubble wrap then lift and press to print onto your page, you should have your very own unique print when this is dry paste this into your child’s sensory book.
This task focuses on hand eye coordination and experimenting with shapes and space, there are various sensory play activities to explore, we hope you enjoy!