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The Sense of Touch and Feeling
The way things feel when we touch them helps us learn about the world around us. Soft, hard, cold, warm, wet, and dry are just a few of the words we use to describe the way things feel as we touch them. Teaching kindergarten students to explore their sense of touch can be fun! Offer them items with a variety of textures and temperatures. Ask them to describe what they feel. Keep a journal and encourage the budding little scientists to write down their observations.
Teaching Sense of Touch
How to Teach the Sense of Touch to Children
Objectives: Identify and categorize objects by how they feel. Also, recognize that we commonly feel things through our hands and fingers.
1. Fold a piece of paper in half. Label each of the 4 pages of the book, "hard," "soft," "rough," and "smooth."
2. With the child's eyes closed, offer them a variety of objects and ask them if they are hard, soft, rough, or smooth. Ask they child if they can identify the object. Here are ideas for the objects to offer:
*A furry sweater, fake, or real fur.
*Tin foil crumpled up.
*A tissue, or a cotton ball
*A silk shirt
*A piece of wood
*A soft pillow
*A toothbrush or hairbrush
3. After playing the guess the object game, help the child write on the paper the various objects. Categorize them according to how they feel.
4. Discuss with the child that they feel with their fingers and hands and that this can be done with their eyes closed. Talk about how things are still able to be identified even when we can't see them.
5. You may wish to discuss that you can "feel" through the skin on any part of your body, not just your hands.
Choose the Pictures that are Hard and Soft
Worksheets for Teaching the Sense of Touch
This worksheet is a great opportunity to expand on things that feel hard or soft. Once the child has competed the worksheet, see if they can name other things that feel very hard or soft.
Discuss How Things at the Beach Feel
Beach Worksheet for Sense of Touch
This kindergarten level worksheet from Education.com instructs children to draw something that they see at the beach and talk about how it feels when they touch it.
Touching Things that Are Cold
Touching Things that are Cold
This preschool level worksheet from Education.com instructs children to circle the things that are cold, then draw something that is cold.
Draw a Picture of Four Things You Can Feel
4 Things You Can Feel
This worksheet prompts students to think of 4 things that they can feel and draw a picture of each, or write their name.
Sense of Touch Activity
The 5 Senses
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Comments on the Sense of Touch? - Leave them Here!
RoadMonkey on August 25, 2019:
Very useful ideas on how to help children learn the different feel of things.
WriterJanis2 on February 18, 2012:
Wonderful ideas here.
jimmyworldstar on December 13, 2011:
This is an awesome idea, I like how you use different objects like jello and crumpled tin foil. I would also ask them to label something in shape too like oval, round, rectangle, etc.
anonymous on October 22, 2011:
How fun to teach the world of sensory awareness!