Sense of Touch: First of the Five Senses

This is the first lesson plan in my group of lessons on the five senses. We will be focusing on the sense of touch. We want to help our children understand that we use our hands to touch and feel different textures and temperatures.

Story time and song with the sense of touch…

Prepare for the lesson by gathering a variety of different objects with different textures. I chose cold (an ice pack), hot (a hot water bottle), soft (a silk scarf), hard (a stainless steel “soap” bar), bumpy (a silicone trivet) and lumpy (a small bean bag). You can choose others, like slippery soap or rough sandpaper. The options are endless.

You can also copy down the song I’ve prepared for the sense of touch called “When I Touch”. Feel free to modify it to fit your materials. It goes to the tune of frere jacques.

When I touch

When I touch

I can feel

I can feel

Whether somethings bumpy

Hard, soft or lumpy

Cold as ice

Warm and nice!

Begin the lesson by giving the textured materials to you child. If you’re teaching more than one child pass the materials out amongst them and have them rotate with each repeat of the song.

After you finish singing begin reading your chosen books. I chose a soft baby book with a variety of textures in it called “Just Like the Animals”. I also chose a book all about what hands can do called “Hands Are Not for Hitting”. The most important thing is that you choose books related to hands and touch. You can also engage your kids by examining what the different textures the kids are encountering in the book feel like, using the textured materials you brought to class.

Collect the objects and begin setting up for todays craft. We will create four learning stations: textured finger paints, textured building, salt drawing, and hidden objects.

Textured Finger Paints

Mix different colors of finger paints with sand or dirt and place them on plates. Let the kids finger paint with them and experience the different textures of the dirt.

Textured Building

Provide a variety of materials with different textures. Cardboard, plastic Tupperware, pie tins, lids, silicone trivets, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and plastic jugs are all things I had lying around my house to use for this craft. Lay them out and let the kids build a structure with them. Allow them to observe how the materials feel and how they work with each other to create the building.

Salt Drawing

Sprinkle salt, baking powder, dirt, baking soda, or any other fine particulate onto a small cookie sheet and let the kids draw pictures in it. This definitely requires close supervision.

Hidden Objects

Place different textured objects in a bag. You can use the materials that you had at the beginning of class. I like to add multiples of some items so that kids can practice matching them up.

Have the children reach in the bag with both hands and describe how the objects feel. You can even have them match similar textured objects together for math and science skills

That’s it! This lesson will help children learn that they can feel and touch objects with their hands. It will also make them more familiar with their sense of touch.

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