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How Sensory Activities Can Help Improve Social-Emotional Learning in Your Classroom

Sensory activities can help improve social-emotional learning (SEL), which is the process of learning how to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy, and make responsible decisions. There are five main components of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Sensory activities can help children practice and improve these skills by:

  • Helping them identify and label their own and others’ emotions, such as happy, sad, angry, or scared.

  • Helping them cope with stress, frustration, and anxiety by providing calming and soothing sensory inputs, such as soft music, dim lights, or weighted blankets.

  • Helping them recognize and respect the perspectives and feelings of others by sharing, taking turns, and cooperating during sensory play.

  • Helping them communicate, collaborate, and resolve conflicts with others by using words, gestures, and facial expressions during sensory play.

  • Helping them solve problems and make choices by experimenting, exploring, and discovering new sensory experiences.

Sensory activities can be fun, engaging, and beneficial for children of all ages and abilities. They can be done at home, in the classroom, or outdoors, using simple and inexpensive materials. They can also be adapted to suit the preferences, needs, and goals of each child. For more ideas and inspiration, you can check out these websites:

I hope this helps you learn more about sensory activities and how they can improve social-emotional learning. 😊

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