Sensory and Art Play

Ch. 7 Materials and Environments for Sensory Play and Art Play

Set of two children's boots playing in puddle

Read the resource below to learn about using food for play in early childhood classrooms.

CHOOSE ONE– Select at least one of the resources below to learn more about how to support young children’s sensory and art play.

In this article, Luckenbill provides a list of materials that families can use with toddlers to explore using their senses.

In this article from the National Science Teaching Association, Ashbrook highlights several ways that children develop scientific understanding through sensory play.

In this video, Nichols gives insight to why messy play is important and highlights three types of play: outdoor, wet, and dry. He gives many suggestions of how to set up the environment and how families might do this easily at home.


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