Sensory activities (or what I like to call "messy play") are the heart and soul of a quality preschool education. Young children learn best through hands-on activities experienced through their senses. Unfortunately, too many preschool teachers don't know the value of sensory activities and push them to the side. They think they're too time-consuming, requiring lots of set-up and clean-up (which they do). They, therefore, choose easier activities such as Circle Time, Story Time, and Calendar Time (if it comes with time at the end of it, you know it's designed for the teacher, not the kids)!
That's why I urge moms and dads to do sensory activities with their kids at home. It's how children learn best and it's fun. Together you'll create beautiful memories that last a lifetime. Making this recipe for Pumpkin Pudding is a wonderful tradition we started in my family when our boys were preschoolers. Not only did we make and eat the pudding, we put some on waxed paper and used our fingers to make numerals and letters (One of our sons is autistic and sensitive to new textures. He used a straw to make things until he felt comfortable enough to use his fingers)! This is way more powerful than sitting your child down and making him do a boring worksheet!
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