A sensory toy is a specially designed toy for children that is developed to engage a child’s attention both cognitively and physically by stimulating one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. It may include elements such as highly contrasting colors and sounds that will stimulate more than one sense at a time during play.
What’s the Difference?
In some instances, toy manufacturers find that a toy already on the market has some of these elements and then re-brand a toy for special needs or as a “sensory development” toy. Real sensory toys however have been developed through both research as well as through clinical input from teachers, therapists and clinical experts. Far more development time is put into the research, design, and release of each toy.
Each sensory toy is designed to focus on:
- Sight: artful design that uses colors, contrasts, and other features to promote visual interest
- Touch: materials that create varying tactile feels to encourage exploration
- Sounds: crinkles, bells, whistles, and other sounds to support auditory engagement
- Smell: aromas that are soothing or that spawn curiosity
- Taste: materials that provide a pleasing flavor or oral satisfaction
It’s true that these toys can cost more due to their research and development. We believe, and research proves, that the use of toys that are designed to illicit sensory stimulation is worth the investment that cultivates higher levels of learning and life skills early on.
Play is one of the cornerstones of childhood development. Engaging in playtime utilizing sensory toys provides an added advantage over standard toys and can stimulate a child linguistically, socially, emotionally, and creatively. A child’s interest in toys revolves around their senses and what they find intriguing and motivating about the toy.
More than Play is the premier location for the most cognitively and physically stimulating products available. Our toys will delight and enliven the senses, stimulate interest, promote independent play, pretend play, and social activities.