Our kits are unique in that they combine sensory play, loose parts, and open-ended play for kids to explore, create, and imagine. Michelle and I noticed pretty early on that Wesley and Tiago, our sons, were much more engaged when they played with sensory dough with loose parts than when they just picked out what color dough they wanted to play with. Nine times out of 10, Wesley’s dough creation becomes “Monster, Monster” but his special character comes to life differently each time. Sometimes the character is big, sometimes small, sometimes he makes him yell, and sometimes he has complete conversations. I don’t guide him in his play, he chooses which elements he wants to use, which colors he wants to combine, and the direction of the play.
Since Michelle and I were going through sensory dough super fast, we started making our own and added essential oils. The dough is luxurious, I find myself grabbing bits here and there and rolling it around in my fingers as I do tasks around the house.
Many times, the boys will play for hours with the dough and that’s valuable time for ALL of us. Sometimes, I’ll sit with him and sometimes it gives me a chance to take a few minutes to myself.
The curated kits make it easy, I just grab a box and hand it to my son. I don’t have to scrounge around for parts, everything is there and makes clean up even easier. The kits have different colors and parts so he stays engaged and curious.
There are so many benefits from sensory play besides the obvious but I’ll let the experts at petitjourney.com.au list them out:
- Supports cognitive development
- Allows children to develop their knowledge
- Encourages inclusion
- Helps in developing and enhancing memory
- Encourages the development of fine and gross motor skills
- Encourages problem-solving, creativity, and exploration
- Supports language development
- Helps to calm an agitated child
- Supports scientific thinking through play with the senses
We hope you love our kits as much as we do!
-Chloe & Michelle
“All children, not just those with disabilities, struggle from time to time with being either over or under stimulated. They are unaware that this is happening to them and are therefore not able to communicate their needs to the caregivers around them. This results in behaviors that may be viewed as challenging (e.g. crying, screaming, arguing, defiance, climbing, self harm, etc.). When children are allowed to engage in sensory friendly play activities they satisfy those needs and the challenging behaviors occur less frequently.”
-Stephanie Schornick, Masters in Special Education, Leadership Specialist in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)