Little Adventure in Sensory Garden
Bug's Life Corner
Sound Exploration Corner
Cre -ART- e Wall
Texture Exploration Corner
A sensory garden is a garden environment that is designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. It creates an opportunity for the children to experience textures, emotions, and sounds they may otherwise not be exposed to in conventional classes. Having activities in the sensory garden will give them chances to hear a beautiful birdsong, smell a velvety rose petal, feels moss dirt, and plays on the puddles. These type of sensory stimulations are critical to healthy brain development that engages a child’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. Elyon Christian School provides a green area where preschool students can explore their surroundings and get in touch with nature. There are several centers designed to enhance their sensory growth, including
- Cre-ART-e corner: enhancing the sense of sight and touch by hand painting, doodling, and pasting.
- Music corner: enhancing the sense of sound by playing different sources of sound
- Bug’s life corner: enhancing the sense of sight by looking for tiny artificial bugs on the grass.
- Water station: enhancing the sense of touch and sight, as well as motor skill with the help of used plastic bottles, hose, and containers.
- Sensory pathway: natural pathway made out of stones, gravel, flagstones, and concrete to stimulate their sense of touch.
In addition, this sensory garden can help them to be aware of their environment. It helps the teacher to teach them a concrete matter using real teaching aids. For example, when our KGB students had a project to grow tomatoes, they learned about the characteristics of plants, and how to plant it correctly and took care of it. They also can use the water station to watering the plats and learn about the characteristics of water, such as water can change shape according to its shape and always flows from top to bottom. It is a wonderful way for children to explore their senses and learn about the environment around them. A sensory garden is beneficial in that it is a fun educational tool that allows them to explore and learn about their senses and nature. While in the garden, they are encouraged to touch, smell, taste, and generally interact with the environment around them. It is also a healthy place of discovery and gets children outdoors