Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Activities to Teach Your Children the Sense of Touch

The second to last sense; touch. Many baby books and toys feature sensory touch, with an array of fabrics, card... As they grow, you can aid your child's development by providing a range of activities that teach them how to recognise objects through touch alone and identify the sensations they are feeling, for example, smooth, rough etc.
  • Create a sensory box and fill it with many different size, shape and textured items: shell, feather, stone, leaf, sponge, coin, bead, piece of ribbon, piece of bark, pine cone, twig, cotton wool ball, flower head etc. Ask your child to place their hand inside (without being able to visualise contents); ask them to describe, or together, detail the object they are feeling (smooth, bumpy etc.); can they identify the object? If they are too young to describe the object, you could take the item out and discuss how it feels and what it is.
  • Items can be gently rub against your child's cheek and/or the back of their hand. As above, ask them to describe the texture and how it feels against their skin. Items you could use are a warm flannel (not too hot to burn), cotton wool, piece of ribbon, leaf (watch not an irritable variety), ice cube etc.
  • Bright Hub Education suggest an excellent idea of a sensory book; with page identifying the texture, for example, smooth. You could seek different textured items to add to the page on the book.
  • Another great suggestion from Bright Hub Education - a sensory table. They list a range of table activities that your tots will love.
  • Kids will love these fun activities from Bright Hub Education; art is always good where children are concerned! 
  • Using various textures to make a tambourine, as suggested by Bright Hub, your children can have fun while creating.
  • A bit extreme, but Lucy Gardens have listed plants that would make a fabulous sensory garden for your children.

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