Young children learn through all of their senses. When an
infant sticks things in his mouth he is discovering his world
through the senses of taste and feeling.
As children get older and we want to teach them something
we tend to do a lot of talking and force them to learn only
through their sense of hearing. For true learning, we need
to encourage children to use all of their senses by looking
at things, touching them, smelling and tasting them as well
as listening to us.
Children learn very little about an orange by just looking
at a picture, but when they are allowed to touch, roll, squeeze,
smell and of course taste one, they are well on their way
to true understanding.
It is important to remember the 5 senses when purchasing
toys for young children.
As children get older and start to have trouble learning specific
things; such as, reading, math, etc. Don't forget to supplement
their learning experiences with activities that involve a variety
- To help develop the sense of TOUCH consider such toys
as balls, blocks, stuffed animals, etc.
- To help develop the sense of HEARING consider such toys
as, tapes, musical toys and instruments.
- To help develop the sense of SMELL consider such things
as foods and soaps.
- To help develop the sense of SIGHT consider such toys
as scrap books, view finders, picture books.
- To help develop the sense of TASTE consider such treats,
as oranges, peppermint sticks and cinnamon crackers.