Throughout life, we use our five senses — taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight — to understand and navigate the world around us. From toddlers playing with block puzzles to adults using music to help improve memory, sensory activities help people of all ages understand, investigate and make important decisions.

Many people think sensory activities are only for children or only necessary for early brain development. But people can benefit from sensory activities in every stage of life. In fact, research from the National Library of Medicine shows that intentional engagement with sensory interventions can:

  • Improve cognitive development
  • Teach self-regulation
  • Manage anxiety
  • Encourage an interest in discovery
  • Enhance memory
  • Develop and maintain fine and gross motor skills
  • Teach problem-solving and critical thinking

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