Use it or lose it! That is the rule of brain development in early childhood. As children explore, and learn through play, they are strengthening their brain’s connections. When a child turns 3 years, they have around 1000 trillion brain connections (synapses) which in later development are selectively pruned (Australian Early Development Consensus, 2006).
The pruning of brain synapses indicates the tremendous influence that experience and play have in shaping a young brain. These experiences, play experiences and the relationships that young children have continuously develop their brains & build the neural circuits that will be the foundation for later development (Australian Early Development Consensus, 2006).
A study conducted by the KOMPAN Play Institute highlighted the effect the sensory play features has on play value. The research highlighted that the incorporation of sensory play elements on a structure increased play value and play duration.
The study took place at Fraugde Nursery and Kindergarden in Denmark where 8 children of various ages were observed on various KOMPAN Robinia Play, Act & learn range. See the infographic below and for the full report click here