Sensory Activity Boards
Providing children with sensory experiences during their early years is crucial for their brain development. Through sensory play and tactile stimulation, the neural connections in the child’s brain are strengthened which is necessary to further the child’s development. Exploration through the sense of touching can help children gain an understanding of the world around them and also general spatial awareness.
This is where Sensory Activity Boards, or as some call them, Busy Boards come in. Basically, a Sensory Board is a board to which you attach tactile and visually stimulating objects for the child to see and play with. The benefits for children suffering from sensory disorders or issues, ADHD, autism or any other special needs, are numerous. For one, they can stimulate children’s fine motor skills and coordination as they explore the board. It also helps children develop a sense of themselves and which textures and materials they have preferences for which ones they dislike. Sensory Boards can even help children develop their speech skills and vocabulary, as you can describe the different materials they touch as “soft”, “hard”, “squidgy” etc.