Create your own texture board to help your child explore the sense of touch and learn new descriptive words like soft, rough and fuzzy.
Sense of touch is incredibly important for child growth and development. It is the first sense to develop in the womb and is the primary way infants learn to bond with their parents.
Have fun comparing the materials on the texture board and teaching your child about the sense of touch!
- Poster board or cardboard
- Assorted materials of various textures (i.e., cloth, feathers, fur, etc.)
- Marker, pen or pencil
- Gather assorted materials of a variety of textures.
- Cut material into similar size squares (or gather like objects together and arrange in a square).
- Glue the materials onto the texture board.
- Have your child touch each material and ask him to describe what he feels. (i.e., “Does it feel smooth or bumpy? Is it soft or rough?”)
- Help him choose the best adjective to describe each material on the texture board, then write the descriptive word below the material.
- Ask your child more questions about touch. (i.e., “This square is soft. What else feels soft?”)