Sensory play activities – TOUCH

The start of your tiny person’s formal education is a long way off, and I strongly believe that the best way you can help prepare your child for school is to simply let them be little. LET THEM PLAY!

However, given a kiddo experiences more brain growth and development in their first 5 years than they will for the rest of their life, there ARE things you can be doing to help support their development now to give them the best start they can have – and I guarantee you’re already doing them.

Check in each Tuesday for new activities or ideas to try and a brief explanation of how they support your child’s development.


Sensory Development is how your child learns via anything they can touch, smell, taste, see and hear. Each time your child is exposed to a new sound, sensation, word, experience, smell, taste, etc, their brain is laying down pathways and connections, trying to make sense of the information that is coming in. The more times they are exposed to these things, the stronger those pathways and connections become.

Three ‘touch’ activities

1. Sand play

In the back yard, at the creek, at the beach. Drive cars and trucks through it and dig in it. Use spoons, shovels, sieves, bowls and buckets to move the sand around. Let them experience how it feels, how it moves, how easy or hard it is to manipulate depending on whether it’s wet or dry.

2. Make a touch and feel book.

Grab some paper and staple it together into a book. On each page glue a different ‘touch’. Older toddlers and children can tell you what they are feeling for you to write underneath the object. You’ve just made their own book for them to read! Some items to put in the touch and feel book include cotton wool balls, scraps of fabric (velvet, corduroy), cellophane, corrugated cardboard, sandpaper, etc.

3. Make a touch and feel bag.

This is a good activity for older pre-school kiddos. Grab a pillow case and poke a familiar object or toy in it. Without letting them see, ask your kiddo put their hands in and describe what they can feel and if they can guess what it is. (This activity also gives them an opportunity to practice their oral language!)

Got some ideas you’d like to share? Email, we’d love to hear them!


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