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Sensory Paths: 3 Reasons You Should Use Them

Sensory Paths: 3 Reasons You Should Use Them

Are you trying to develop your students' or child's cognitive and physical flexibility? Are you unsure how to keep it fun and engaging?

More and more people are opting for fun sensory paths for children that let them play and develop important skills at the same time. 

Sensory paths look similar to modernized hopscotch courts. They have marked spots with clear intentions for what the child is supposed to do when they reach them. When children play on these paths they might not even know that they're learning and developing at the same time. 

These are great for kindergarten and elementary students but they're also great for any children that you have at home. 

Keep reading to learn why you should incorporate sensory path decals into the days of any children in your life.

1. They Help Children Focus

If you've ever been a teacher you know that children get antsy after even short periods of learning time. Lunch and recess offer much-needed breaks for their developing brains, but those breaks often aren't enough.

How can you get them focused again when they're fidgeting in their seats

Consider indoor sensory paths, or even a sensory path hallway, for students who start to get a little bit stir-crazy. A student who needs a brain break can go through the path once or twice for a little bit of extra stimulation. By the time they sit back down, they'll be ready to go.

2. They Improve Spatial Awareness

Kids can be clumsy. They fall, they trip, they accidentally hurt each other in the process. There are many tears and then they're back to playtime.

While this is a normal stage of development, what if balance and spatial awareness could be learned more efficiently than just trial and error? 

Sensory paths have all kinds of different play suggestions, but some of them involve the use of a child's physical abilities. They may be asked to strike a yoga pose, hop on one foot, or even crawl. 

These motions will help the child's cognitive flexibility as well as their spatial awareness and balance. They'll be developing without even knowing it. 

3. They Help Children Cope With Emotions

Children have complex emotional lives even when it doesn't look that way to an adult. Some children come from troubled or stressful homes and others are just learning to cope with emotions that are new to them.

These emotions can cause students to act out in ways that aren't conducive to a learning environment.

Sensory paths are a great way to catch a child's focus when they're otherwise emotional. The paths provide a fun distraction that can trigger other parts of their brain. 

When children are moving and using their brains and bodies, the triggering emotion can be processed more effectively.

Are Sensory Paths Right for the Children in Your Life?

Whether you're a teacher, a parent, or both, you may be able to see the differences that sensory paths can make in the lives of children. Between increased balance and spatial awareness, emotional regulation, and focus, children can benefit from the use of sensory paths at home and school.

To learn more, or to build your own sensory path, visit our site.