As children grow they use all their senses to explore the world around them. Children learn every day by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, moving, and hearing. One of the best ways to learn is by incorporating the senses, as it helps us retain information better. This method can be used with both children and adults.
As we understand the importance of the senses, I will share an activity that focuses on sensory play. This activity has both functions, it helps with vowel recognition and is a great way to involve sensory play when learning. Sensory games are essential as they support a child's cognitive skills and brain development.
First, you will need a bowl, rice (or beans), and plastic letters. Then hide different plastic letters in the rice (for easier play, just hide vowels). Ask your child to find each vowel, start with A, then I, and so on. As your child finds each letter, ask them to exaggerate the pronunciation of the vowel and put it to the side of the container. To make this game more challenging, you can use the target words found in Nacho Libro Inicial de Lectura (page 3) and hide the letters that make up the words (aro, escoba, isla, oso, uno).
By introducing sensory play, you are helping your child develop the ability to complete more complex learning tasks. As well as, develop language skills, motor skills, and problem-solving skills. In short, it is a good way for your child to learn a lot by playing.
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