Last week me and my sons went to the Johnson’s&Johnson’s #PlayForReal playdate. The invitation said to bring extra clothes and towel… which meant there will be dirt. Uh-oh. My boys love to get dirty. They don’t get to play outdoors enough with all the gadgets they have. I know, I know, I’m partly to blame with the gadget addiction. It’s just so easy for me to just give them the iPads to keep them occupied.
Here’s a short video, just food for though…
O, di ba, doesn’t this video make you feel so guilty?! But last week, hearing the experts and other moms share the importance of sensory play to children, I think I should make extra effort to let my kids #PlayForReal.
While it’s true they learn many things from educational apps, the senses used are so limited. During the forum, clinical psychologist, Fiona Sandoval, and Exploration Kids teacher, Monica Javier, explains the importance of sensory play in a child’s development.
Letting the kids play for real stimulates all of their senses and develops their cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, physical and creative skills. That is a mouthful! But yes, that’s how helpful sensory play is.
The kids went outside and tried out the different stations: gardening, building, water and paint. The teachers from Exploration Kids were there to help them.
They didn’t play with toys but with simple things put together. At the Building Station, they played with empty powder and shampoo containers that became spaceships and cars.
My son made towers. It’s not just the five senses that are developed when they #PlayForReal, but also their imagination.
These may not look like anything to us, but the kids see beyond what’s there. Here’ my son’s creation, “5 Shaped Tower”.
Here’s my little kuya getting messy at the Painting Station. He had fun painting with his hands! No brushes needed.
Who says you can use only hands?! He did feet painting too. If he could, he would roll around with paint all over his body. There’s no limit for the kids!
They probably thought they could use ate’s back as canvas too. Lol!
Among all the stations, guess where most of the kids ended up?! At the water station of course! Just getting wet and getting other kids… and mommies… wet made them so happy.
I’m not sure if the sprinklers were part of the set up but the kids thought it was. They got empty body wash bottles as tabo. By the time the event ended, some where drenched to the bones! Others were naked except for their diapers. Many of the kids do not know each other but they played with each other anyway. You never get to do that when their hooked on their gadgets. The smiles on their faces are proof enough that the @PlayForReal playdate was a success. Many of the kids do not know each other but ended up playmates
We brought #PlayForReal home thanks to the Learning Basket who prepared our very own sensory play kit.
My sons’ preschool have always advocated learning through play and as a mom, learning should start at home. I will definitely incorporate the simple ways to add sensory play in our play time. Easiest way is during bath! Good thing Johnson’s&Johnson’s makes the best bubbles!