From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them. They do this by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving and hearing.
Providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development – it helps to build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.
This leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills.
For this activity, we used a few different materials to create monster slime. We first combined glue and saline solution to create the “slime”. This is a malleable substance that appears as a solid when placed on a hard surface and liquidity when it is picked up.
Following this, students added googly eyes and glitter. Lastly, we explored the substance, watching it ooze through our hands as we played with it!