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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 3 Big Sensory Play K ids are often eager to experience the world with their whole bodies. They want to feel the colorful goopy stuff, the mud, or the ice-cold water with their toes as well as their fingers. They want to practically climb inside the vinegar-and-bak- ing-soda concoction so they can see it, smell it, feel it, hear it, and taste it up close. They want to use their whole bodies to fully engage with the materials. The problem is, big sensory experiences—and the learning that goes with big sensory experiences—are often stymied by adults. Whole-body activity is valuable for lots of reasons. For exam- ple, it strengthens muscles, improves coordination, and develops spatial and kinesthetic COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 11