In play experiences, combining the sense of touch with the senses of vision, hearing, and taste and smell helps build cognitive skills. We cannot overstate the importance of sensory play in our educational experiences. It supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child. This is how children build an understanding of their world and experience changes in their environment. Oh by the way it is fun too!