Sensory Motor Development
Children need to have regular opportunities for enhanced sensory and motor experiences as well as for restful and calming experiences. Helping children develop their sensory and motor skills not only helps them organize themselves in relation to the world but supports all areas of development. Large motor play, like jumping and climbing, supports a need for body awareness, physical skill development and self-regulation. Manipulative toys, like puzzles and art materials, support hand-eye coordination, motor planning and attention. Hand fidgets, bath toys and blow toys support a need for enhanced touch and oral sensory input. Creating a hideaway with a play tent, stuffed animals and quiet toys or books can be great to regroup after a busy day.