An Integration of Counselling, Educating & Parenting
"Play is the highest form of research." Albert Einstein.
It all began after we had conducted a training workshop for a group of teachers on how to help children with special needs in the classroom. Many hands were raised; and many questions asked on where the teachers could purchase products for children with special needs. We promised to help source for them, but quickly realised that there is a limited range in Singapore, and that most of these specialised resources are very expensive. We resolved to help bridge this gap, and bring in the resources that are needed to help this special group of children develop to the fullest of their potential.
Sensational Play was born.
Learning Through Sensory Play
As parents of two young and energetic boys, we have realised that there is a lack of awareness about how important sensory play is to the development and growth of children. Our two kids are active during every hour of the day, and much effort is needed to keep them meaningfully occupied. We are hesitant to introduce digital products at too early an age, believing that children develop best through play. It is through play that children develop the important gross and fine motor skills that help them in their regular physical development. It is through play that children develop the key cognitive skills of thinking and logic that help them to overcome the numerous obstacles they will face in adult life. It is through play that children develop the fine social skills of negotiation and diplomacy that help them to navigate the intricate networks of life. It is through play that children develop the essential emotional skills that help them to become people of empathy, having the awareness and a heart for those living around them.
Advocates in Inclusion
Our desire is to give all children a chance to learn through play, regardless of differences in age or ability. We believe in the tremendous benefits of play for young children in developing their cognitive, affective, social and emotional domains, and that children need to play using all their senses - sight, sound, touch, smell, hearing, vestibular and proprioception. We hope to accomplish this aim through the products we offer.
Our products aim to meet a wide range of customers' needs, from educators, parents and children, to therapists and counsellors; from children with special needs such as ADHD, ADD, ASD/Autism, dyslexia, visual/ hearing challenges, cerebral palsy, or developmental delays, to neurotypical and gifted children.
We bring in quality games, toys, and special needs resources from countries such as fhe US (Fun and Function, Sarah's Silks, Play Vision, Sensory University, Tangle Creations, Fat Brain Toys), Belgium (Smart Games), and Australia (Innovative Resources).
Support for the Community
Do you work at a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) that helps children with special needs?
Sensational Play believes that all children should be given the opportunity to learn and to grow. If you are a working professional in this field, we want to help you in the empowerment process. As such, we will provide a 10% discount for all orders from registered NPOs that empower children with special needs. If you are ordering on behalf of an NPO, you may use the discount code NPO10 during check out. Please also indicate in the comments section which NPO you are from, the delivery address, and if you require a personalised invoice.
Sensory Rooms & Sharity Day
Sensational Play has been supporting Sharity Day since 2018,. The annual event is an initiative by the Community Chest of Singapore and organised by the National Council of Social Services. We support the event by sponsoring squishy toys to help all participants relieve stress.
Sensational Play also assisted in setting up the first-ever Sensory Room for Sharity Day 2018. A Sensory Room is a special room designed and equipped to stimulate all the senses and for all children to relax and relieve stress and anxiety during times when they feel overwhelmed. It was an honour to have our efforts recognised by Guest of Honour Indranee Rajah, Second Minister for Education. You can read her remarks here.
At Sensational Play, we believe that all children should be given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. We look forward to working with you in making our vision a reality. Please do not hesitate in contacting us should you require any assistance.
In the meantime, do Keep Calm and Play On!
Mark & Sue Lim, Co-Founders, Sensational Play