Here’s a quick look at the human body’s eight sensory systems:
Early learning sensory play should allow children to get in touch with all eight of these sensory systems. To often, young children’s sensory play is restricted, confined, and curtailed–all to the detriment of their sensory integration. For example, opportunities to do things like flip, spin, jump, tumble, grapple, climb, run, and fall are often limited or restricted.
Early learning programs should think more broadly about what sensory play encompasses and how they can support sensory play that integrates all eight systems.
When selecting a preschool or child care program, parents should look for settings that pay attention to all eight sensory systems.
Here’s a free PDF to help you visualize and remember the eight sensory systems:We-Experience-The-World-Through-These-Eight-Sensory-Systems