Sensory play is a combination of fun activities that incorporate the senses; sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. This form of play is important for young children as it encourages them to explore and investigate the world they are in. Learning to distinguish between the senses and to understand which part of the body is being stimulated makes sensory activities crucial to early development.

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Sensory Play

Sensory play equipment is an increasingly popular choice for headteachers and purchasing managers within schools, as they look to help children engage with their senses as part of a structured learning curriculum.

This type of play encompasses activities that stimulate any of the child’s senses, including touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing, as well as movement and balance.

By providing a variety of sensory experiences, schools that install sensory play equipment can enhance nurture children’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth.

Sensory Play

The importance of sensory play equipment within schools

Sensory play equipment is an integral part of the school environment that fosters an inclusive, stimulating learning environment for children of all ages and abilities.

Headteachers not only have exam and attainments targets to meet, but also need to provide an optimised and inclusive learning environment to help nurture students.

Engaging in sensory play is vital for young children as it helps to build nerve connections in the brain's pathways.

This leads to a child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, social interaction, motor skills, and problem solving.

Popular sensory playground equipment

Sand and Water Basin

Sand and Water Basin

The Sand and Water Basin is a popular choice among primary school headteachers.

It is a freestanding unit that you can use with either sand or water and comes with a lid that not only protects the sand/water but then transforms the unit into a table top where children can carry on with play and learning activities.

It is supplied fully assembled and because it is constructed of durable HDPE materials, it will withstand the elements and daily use and will not rot, crack or splinter.

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Messy Kitchen

Messy Kitchen

The Messy Kitchen is a firm favourite with primary schools and nurseries across the UK.

It is a simple timber structure complete with metal mixing bowls and shelving units, for children to play with and engage.

The timber is treated to ensure it will stand the test of time and increase its durability, and the unit comes pre-assembled meaning you just have to find a space for it and it’s ready to go.

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Shaker Musical Play Panel

Shaker Musical Play Panel

The Shaker Musical Play Panel is part of our wide range of high quality play panels, and features 2 rotating drum shakers.

It comes in two sizes; small and large, the musical play panel is a favourite among children as not only is it a fun activity, but also it helps to nurture cognitive, motor and social skills, as children engage with learning a new instrument.

The musical play panel not only provides visual appeal in a bright and bold design, perfect for any playground, it is constructed of high quality materials meaning it will stand the test of time withstanding the elements and daily use.

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Virtuoso Musical Multi Chimes (Set of 4)

Virtuoso Musical Multi Chimes (Set of 4)

The Virtuoso Musical Multi Chimes are a popular feature in playgrounds across the UK.

It comes in a set of four chimes, featuring notes C4, E4, G4 and C5, together with individual rubber mallet (4 in total).

The chime assembly is ASTM compliant with no protrusion failures and also include our softer feel rubber mallet tethered with a high strength stainless steel cable. This ensures high quality sounds with increased durability to match.

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AMV Playgrounds, your trusted playground equipment supplier?

Sensory playground equipment significantly fosters physical, cognitive, and social development in children.

It provides a stimulating activity that directly impacts a child's cognitive development. By interacting with textures, shapes, sounds, and other interactive activities, children actively engage in problem-solving, experimentation, and creative thinking.

Here at AMV Playgrounds we are passionate in the positive impact sensory play equipment has in children’s development.

Whether you are looking musical play panels, outdoor messy kitchens, sand and water stations, or other sensory play equipment, AMV Playgrounds is here to make sure you get exactly the right playground equipment piece for your school.

Our team here at AMV Playgrounds works with headteachers and purchasing managers daily. We also work closely with architects, main contractors, and sub-contractors who are working on educational projects.

Whether you work at a school or you are working on a school project in any capacity, we are here to help. Our team will help with playground equipment recommendations, technical advice, materials selection, equipment designs to suit your specific school and much more.

We are proud to be a UK manufacturer or school playground equipment and furniture, with an uncompromising commitment to the very highest standards. All of our playground equipment is made in our UK-based factory, by skilled tradesmen, and comes with an extensive 25-year warranty against rust and corrosion.

Our approach to playground design focuses on creating spaces that challenge and engage children, encouraging physical activity, imaginative play, and social interaction in a safe setting.

We are here to help realise your vision of a better playground environment for your school’s children.

Contact our team today on telephone 01704 898 919, email, or view the product selections above.