Sensory Game (Ages 1+)

30 Jan

What I used: stuffed animal, cotton ball, washcloth, silk purse, wooden bear claw (salad server), crayon, spoon, bank.

 

Touch & Texture Game

(adapted from Maja Pitamic’s Child’s Play: Montessori games and acivities for your baby and toddler)

Ages: 1+ years

Purpose: Children at this age are Sensorial Explorers, using their five senses to learn about their environment. This activity allows them to use their senses, the sense of touch especially, as well as learn new vocabulary. It’s an easy Montessori-inspired activity to start with because it’s simple and you just need a few things that you can find around the home!

Materials:

  • A tray or a basket large enough to hold the items
  • 4 – 5 small soft objects (whatever you have around the house)
  • 4 – 5 small hard objects (as above)
What to do:
1. Sit with your child to the left of you (or the right, if she is left-handed), placing the tray in front of you. Take a hard object off the tray and put it to her left. Take a soft object and put it to her right.
2. Press your fingertips into the hard object and say, “hard.” Next, press on the soft object and say, “soft.”
3.  Invite your child to do the same.
4. Repeat the word “hard” when she is pressing on the hard object and the word “soft” when she is pressing on the soft object. Let her pick up the objects and manipulate them as well. It’s okay- it’s all about exploring! Freestyle liked to rub the cotton ball on her hand, my hand, her face…
5. Go through all the objects, showing her how to sort them into two groups: hard and soft.

Sorting the objects.

 

Go further:

  • If you child is older and has begun expanding her vocabulary, ask her to try to repeat the words (“hard” and “soft”). Don’t worry if she can’t just yet, remember all children develop differently.
  • Next time, keep all the objects in the tray and ask her to point to a “soft” object. When she does, take it out and put it in the soft pile. Continue until all the soft objects are selected and then begin on the hard objects.
  • Try this activity again with different opposing textures like rough and smooth.
  • Find objects that hold varying degrees of warmth (cork, wood, marble/jade, stone, fabric) and sort by warm and cold objects.
  • Look outside for natural objects: pinecones, leaves, rocks, etc.
  • Point out examples of these textures in everyday life. If you’re outside and it’s snowing, let her hold a small clump of snow (just for a few seconds!) and say, “This is snow. It feels cold.”
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