Six Senses of Inclusive Play

Sensory Play engages all children and stimulates receptors for every child.

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Sensory play is important for development and ensures the play experience involves the entire body even when a child cannot necessarily physically involve themselves in every activity. In your playground, you should consider how many senses are engaged from both a seated and a standing position.  We recommend a minimum of three, but more is better!

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Vestibular

Contributes to balance and equilibrium

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Proprioception

Awareness of self and joints

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Sound

Aids cognitive progression by developing the ability to process information

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Touch

Helps differentiate pressure, texture and traction

Smell

Contributes to enjoyment of life by enchasing social activities

Sight

Develops the Visual sense, helping children arrive at appropriate motor responses