From a newborn baby to an adult, everything we know about the world around us comes from the interpretation of the messages received by the senses. Sensory experiences are pleasant and benefit people . These experiences try to stimulate the primary senses without having an elaborate intellectual act
From a newborn baby to an adult, everything we know about the world around us comes from the interpretation of the messages received by the senses. Sensory experiences are pleasant and benefit people. These experiences try to stimulate the primary senses without having an elaborate intellectual activity, these experiences are: relaxation, stimulation, communication, and movement.
Boxes of stimulation of the senses for babies
Within the classrooms of sensory stimulation, we use an infinity of materials and objects that cause to stimulate the senses through play activities. When we work with these objects we have to take into account different aspects:
- The material we use must be varied, to help foster curiosity.
- How we present the materials, as it helps to motivate interest and get their attention.
- A material can be used for different stimulative purposes.
- Many of the objects used may have sensory qualities in common with different stimulating areas at the same time.
Sensory stimulation boxes include tactile stimulation materials, but materials that can accommodate other types of materials for stimulation, visual, auditory, etc. may be included. We can make one that includes different materials to stimulate the different senses, or a box for each of them.
Activities to stimulate the sense of touch in children
We propose to work on the sense of touch, so important for the development of babies, for this we can develop a box of tactile sensory stimulation. The material used for this area must have very different tactile characteristics, in addition to ensuring that the first tactile experiences are pleasant and rewarding to encourage the interest of children.
Some of the necessary materials are: fabrics of different textures; cords, ropes, ribbons, plastic strips; newspapers, aluminum, cellophane, balls or squares of porexpan; toothbrushes, shoe cleaning; balloons and plastic bags; sponges of different textures; different types of pasta or natural materials such as grass, straw, leaves, stones, sand, water ...
Some of the activities we can do with these materials are:
1- Object recognition through discriminatory touch.
2- Use mittens of wool, plush, foam ... to work the child's body awareness through massage.
3- We can also make a panel of textures, they are small works made by hand for the child to touch, and experiment. And in the same way we can make panels to step on the different textures.
These activities and the different sensory boxes can be used with all children teniendo, taking into account that the objects that we use are not dangerous for them, that is, that they can not be swallowed, etc ... in any case there is always supervise these activities.