Traditional sensory stimulation theory has as in its basic premise that effective learning occurs when the senses are stimulated (Laird, 1985).

The three primary sensory learning models are: Visual (eyes), auditory (ears), and kinesthetic (touch or hands-on). Many children learn by incorporating all three. However, it is quite common to have a preferred and dominant style of learning. If you a child is strong in one style of learning it’s possible to use it to excel and compensate for any styles of learning that are less developed.

Visual

text, pictures, graphics, photo, video, teacher led activities, board work

Auditory

listening to the teacher and others, music, videos; talking, shouting, whispering, singing, rhymes, story-telling, clapping rhythmically to indicate syllabic stress

Kinaesthetic

handling different objects, making things, describing shapes, gesturing, gardening, making mud pies, building blocks, hand to eye coordination, cutting, gluing, painting

Taste / smell

sampling food and drink, essential oils

Experiential

manual and physical activity, games involving manipulating objects or moving about, gardening, building

ABC Nursery & Pre-School Phuket
Here are some of the sensory activities we engage in regularly.
  • Essential oil infused home made play dough
  • Home made (by children at school) slime
  • Shaving foam painting, sensory tray or sculptures
  • Rainbow soap foam
  • Vegetable printing/painting
  • Sensory trays
  • Baking soda experiments
  • Rice and pasta activities: between your toes and fingers
  • Mud pies, sand pies
  • Home made edible paint
  • Salt dough
everything you need to know
Check out this video as an example of one of our many sensory activities.

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