Sensory play has always been a favorite of mine. If given the choice, wouldn’t you rather play with squishy things then do any real “work”?
I ran a home daycare and preschool in my home when my oldest kids were young. We incorporated sensory activities into nearly everything we could. Most days you’d find us playing in “goop” or fishing a variety of things out of our homemade bean table.
Sensory may look like nothing but play but there are endless things that kids can learn from it. We learn through our senses, and using ALL our senses can really get little brains going. Sometimes that means sticking your hand in a bowl full of jello. One of our favorite sensory activities during my home daycare years was good old corn starch and water . . . affectionally called “goop”.