Fun Start for Kids Blog
The sense of smell, or the olfactory system is a primitive sense that helps us to make sense and survive in our world. We all know how the sense of smell works, through our nose, so I won’t go into all of that. But did you know that smell is directly linked to our limbic system? This is the part of the nervous system that controls emotions and memory. We can attach emotions to different smells – happiness to baking bread and cinnamon donuts, repulsion to a dirty nappy! Just smelling those smells can trigger those emotions.
Unless you live in space, you are always touching something. Either passively (such as your feet on the floor) or actively (hugging another person). The tactile system works by receiving external information through millions of receptor cells in our skin. These receptors send the sensations to our brain which then interprets it for us. Is it pain? Light touch? Deep pressure? A temperature change? As large as our skin is (and if you’re like me, larger than others!) that’s how large our tactile sense is. We receive information continuously through touch about our environment and this information is essential for our daily functioning. It affects our awareness and regulation of our own body, motor planning skills, emotional well being and more.
In 2013, our soft play toys are becoming increasingly popular with our customers. Fun and practical to play with as well as great display pieces, they transcend age limits (We know a few adults who love to play with the Dyles' sets!). Discover which 5 pieces are topping the list at the moment...