Sensorial materials are designed to engage the learner. These activities are purposeful and allow the child to verbally define and refine their language with respect to color, texture, size weight, shape and smell.
Sensorial activities are designed to reinforce the five senses and to help guide the children in learning to discriminate, classify and compare. Sensorial exercises help prepare for intellectual development in an orderly manner. They teach knowledge and understanding of the world.
The iconic pink tower and red rods fall into the category of sensorial materials. The early use of these materials develop a sense of order in the child which she or he can apply to the world around them. The sensorial materials support the child’s psychological and neurological development. Indirect benefits of sensorial work include, but are not limited to, mathematical preparation, increased attention span, improved hand/eye coordination and the development of logical thinking.
The Sensorial materials lay a solid foundation for Mathematics, Geometry, Geography, Botany, Art and Music.