This week you and your child will explore the sense of Touch. Your child may learn:
- we feel with our skin
- We usually feel things with our fingers
- some things feel soft, hard, rough, smooth, bumpy, slimy, scratchy, etc.
- we can feel happy or sad
- we feel pain
- when people say hello or good-bye, they may touch, shake hands, kiss or hug.
Make a Touch Box
Included in the lessons are directions for making a “touch box”. This is a neat, home-made toy that can help your child explore his sense of touch, develop his vocabulary, and sharpen his reasoning skills. You will hide various small toys in the box, that he cannot see. As he puts his hand in the box, ask him to touch something. What does it feel like? Can he describe it? Is it scratchy? Is it smooth? Does it have corners or rounded parts? What does he think it is? Then let him pull it out of the box to see if he is right. This simple game requires only an empty oatmeal carton, a mis-matched sock, and some odds and ends of items gathered around the house, yet it can amuse your child for many hours. When the game has lost it’s interest, go ahead and throw it away! Or better yet, donate it to a babysitter in your neighborhood.
Dig in the Mud
Make Play Dough
Every meal can be a lesson in touch, especially for toddlers who eat mostly with their fingers anyway. How does Jello feel? Pudding? Cornmeal? Walnuts? Peanut Butter?
Picture Books for Touch theme
Here is a list of recommended picture books for this lesson. Gather what you can from the Library, then you may wish to buy a few.
My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards, First Words by DK Publishing
My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards, Animals by DK Publishing
My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards, Numbers by DK Publishing
My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards, Shapes by Dk Publishing
That’s Not My Puppy, His Coat is Too Hairy by Fiona Watt
Curious George at the Zoo by H.A. Rey
Snow Bear (Soft to Touch Books) by Fernleigh Books
Toys and Games for Touch theme
Here are some interesting items, although not necessary for this unit on the sense of touch.
- Cloud B Sleep Sheep – Four Soothing Sounds from Nature toy Although intended for infants, this special toy may help the older child fall asleep. It is soft and makes soothing sounds, so appropriate for these two units.
- Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse Also intended for infants, this flashlight may soothe the older preschooler. Uses Sight, Touch, Sound.
- Magnetic Boats in the Tub. Bath time is a great time to explore the sense of touch!
- Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table Some families prefer a water play table, rather than bathtubs, for safety reasons. Especially nice outside in the summer months! This one is very nice for the price.
- Pacific Play Tents One Touch Rated #1 by Parents for ease of set-up.
- Mega Playland Tent Fun for kids of all ages, a larger tent toy with a ball pit.
- Melissa & Doug Touch and Feel Zoo Animals puzzle
- Melissa & Doug Touch and Feel Farm Puzzle
- Alex Toys Little Hands, Touch and Feel ABC flashcards
- BrainCandy Touch My World DVD Winner of the Dr. Toy “Top 100 Toys” award, many parents have rated this DVD better than the popular “Little Einstein” series.
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Thanks for reading! I hope you and your youngster have a great time this week!
Our Five Senses: Touch – Activities for Preschoolers
For more great activities, check out:
Our Five Senses: Sight
Our Five Senses: Sound
Our Five Senses: Taste