Promoting young children’s learning through sensory stimulation and play: A parent-child sensory game workshop (Conducted in Cantonese)
As parents, what kinds of games do you play with your young children in your daily life? Are there any skills parents could use during parent-child play to facilitate children’s learning? In fact, not only can play facilitate children’s learning, it can also promote children’s physical and mental health, stimulate their sensory development and develop their abilities in different aspects.
Sensory development (sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing) is important to the growth of young children. Sensory stimulation can help children acquire knowledge and skills. Sensory stimulation can also promote children’s learning motivation, and children can learn and train their skills through play. Research findings reveal that parents can facilitate children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development through sensory stimulation. However, what exactly can parents do to introduce more sensory stimulation and play into their children’s lives?
In this connection, the Education Bureau (EDB) has commissioned The Education University of Hong Kong to conduct a parent-child sensory game workshop during which parents will make six different sensory bottles with their children, including the sound bottle, the theme bottle, the mindful bottle, the water-oil bottle, the magnet bottle, and the smell bottle. The speaker, Dr. Ian Lam Chun Bun, will talk about how parents can help children explore different sounds, colors, textures, and smells when making the bottles, and parents can try these skills right on the spot. The speaker will also teach parents to use sensory games to engage their children in different activities, promoting children’s language ability, executive functioning, and creativity at home.
The above-mentioned workshop (Code: 2112) will be conducted on 12 Dec 2021. Parent(s) together with their children studying in K1 to K3 classes are invited to participate in the workshop. Interested parents can visit the EDB’s website on Parents’ Talks (http://www.edb.gov.hk/parentstalks_tc
) for workshop arrangements and enrolment details from 18 Nov 2021. Parents and children are most welcome to join!
The EDB’s website on Parents’ Talks
(Path: EDB Homepage > Students and Parents Related > Parents Related > Parents Talks)