Today's article will be about why sensory activities are important for homeschooling. Sensory play involves activities stimulate and engage one or more of the seven senses (yeah, SEVEN!)- smell, sight, touch, taste, hearing, vestibular (inner ear), and proprioception (pressure and weight on joints and ligaments that provides body awareness)

Sensory play helps to encourage children to use their senses in challenging yet appropriate ways. 

Why Sensory activities are important for homeschooling?

From birth onward, our senses are how we process information and learn about the world around us. Children need opportunities to engage these senses in order for their brains to develop. In Canadian Classroom we believe these activities actually help build neural pathways and connections. Sensory problems are strongly associated with other developmental conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders.

4 Canadian Classroom sensory products your kids will love

1.Sensory play connecting glow

Ideal for using technology to underpin learning. Use for sorting, matching, pattern and sequencing activities. Create your own illuminated patterns with this fascinating set of multicolored magnetic tiles that light up when connected together.

2.Sensory play Twist and Turn Cog Board

Children will love interacting and making discoveries with this wooden board with cogs that light up and change color when rotated.

3.Sensory Tactile Glow Spheres

A great way of incorporating ICT into numerous areas of learning, in an appropriate developmental way. They are a great resource for improving hand-eye coordination as the children manipulate the spheres around

4.Glimmering Sensory ICT Glow Construction Cubes

Glimmering Sensory ICT Glow Construction Cubes are engaging and resourceful and kids will love stacking them on top of each other as they change their colors.  Children will learn how to manipulate the colors by turning the blocks.

4 sensory activities for homeschooling

  1. Rocking and rhythmic play. Rocking slowly in a rocking chair or even simply rocking the body slowly is a soothing activity that teaches body awareness and balance. Adding a weighted blanket can make this activity even more conducive to producing a calm state. 

  2. Sensory bottles or jars are often called “calm jars” for their calming effects on children. Make these by adding glitter, dyes, and possibly themed items to a jar with water. The child turns and watches the bottle for a time.

  3. Gentle music and white noise are helpful for children who are bothered by loud or competing sounds. You can find videos on YouTube that feature quiet nature sounds or even simply keep a fan running for the steady noise.

  4. Water balloon baths are simple to execute and add sensory stimulation to bath time – simply add colorful water balloons to your child’s bath and let them play and explore nature.

If you want to see more Canadian Classroom sensory products visit our store here. Comment which sensory activity you do with your kid for homeschooling.