Arkie Education

The freedom to learn and become independent thinkers

Giving children the chance to actively use their senses to explore their own ideas and imagination with open-ended opportunities is the foundation for the many sensory play experiences and features of our Arkie centre. Our sensory play programs include activities and opportunities for children to engage all their senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste) as well as balance, movement and proprioception (a sense of where our bodies are in space)

Learning about concepts such as quantity and measurement, wet and dry and exploring the wonders of natural materials and the natural world provides children with a joyous way of encountering their environment and is stimulating to all their senses.

‘Cooking’ with sand in the sandpit, splashing and pouring water, constructing cities in the mudpit…these activities and more allow children to interact with their peers in a social setting. The surprise and delight a child feels as they run through the Arkie water mist wall or interacts with our other sensory features at the centre, activates all the senses but most of all – is fun!

Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences

Howard Gardner

Benefits of Multisensory Learning

It is thought that children learn more when taught in a multisensory way as this method engages all types of learners – visual learners, auditory learners, tactile learners, and physical or kinesthetic learners.

  • Physical - Develop Fine and Gross Motor Skills

    Children’s senses are engaged and developed when they use repetitive movements during tactile sensory play such as pulling, pushing and squeezing. Movements such as pouring and scooping aids the development of fine motor skills and hand/eye co-ordination.

  • Social - Group Collaboration

    Children learn respect for others, leadership skills and develop empathy whilst working in small groups. They also learn by observing how their peers solve problems or interact with each other.

  • Emotional - Promotes Mindfulness and Self-Regulation

    Agitated, anxious or frustrated children often calm down when engaged in sensory play. The sights, smells and sounds involved in sensory play e.g., bubbles and water, help to distract children and allow their minds to calm as they become absorbed by the activity.

  • Cognitive - Builds Neural Pathways

    Sensory play for babies and young children helps develop their ‘brains bridge’ nerve connections i.e., the way both hemispheres of the brain communicate. This allows for the understanding of more complex tasks and enhances memory skills.

  • Language -Improves language and speech

    As children see, hear, smell, touch and taste they learn about their environment. Using multiple senses stimulates learning and language development, especially the use of descriptive words.

  • Creativity - Sparks Imaginative Spirit

    Sensory play by its nature allows children the opportunity to see an instant reaction that are caused from their own movements and ideas. When a child mixes yellow and blue together they can create a new colour, green! There are no limitations for children to explore new ideas and when they see these ideas in action, children will feel more excited to discover new ways of thinking.

  • Independence - Freedom of mind and body

    Sensory play gives children the freedom to learn and become independent thinkers. When children can run their hands through different textures that they mix together or hear a variety of sounds that can be created with different materials, children are given a fun opportunity to engage and implement their own ideas.