Sensory play is an important part of learning for babies and toddlers. Amanda Morgan, of www.notjustcute.com, explains in her article that kids learn more through experience and play rather than being taught.
As soon as a baby is born (and data shows that even in utero), they are learning from their environments. Sensory play is a fun a easy way for kids to learn and discover about shapes, textures, sounds, smells and tastes.
As babies develop, they are using their senses to explore. That is why everything goes in their mouths (besides when they are teething). They are trying to discover and learn about different textures and taste.
4 Reasons for Sensory Play
1) Using sensory play encourages language skill development. New experiences require new words and phrases to be learned. Children are motivated through play to learn and develop new skills. Learning through the senses helps children
develop classifying and categorization skills.read more