Sensory Stimulation

Sensory stimulation provides a child with a wide range of auditory (hearing), tactile (feeling), visual (seeing), olfactory (smelling), and tasting experiences.  As the child performs these activities, the goal of the teacher is to provide active verbal exchange with him/her.  The main objective of sensory stimulation time is to increase the oral language of the children, enabling them to describe themselves and their environment effectively.  An example of this would be in describing a piece of spaghetti.  The teacher could point out that the spaghetti is hard, smooth, long, cylindrical, and brittle as the children feel and break dry spaghetti.  Each activity listed in this section is classified by the sense that it is to stimulate.  Note also that besides the explanation of the activity and the list of materials needed, the vocabulary to be developed is listed.  Try to use these words (and as many others as you can add) as you and the children experience sensory stimulation and talk about it.  A few examples are listed below.

Flower Smell (Olfactory) 

Flashlight Fun (Visual)

Grape Day (Tasting)

Zoo Animal Sounds (Auditory)

Wet and Dry (Tactile)

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