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SENSORY EXPLORATION


SENSE OF TOUCH

TOUCH BOX
Set out a large box.  One big enough for your child to crawl into.
Line the walls of the box with different textured paper or material.
Your child will have fun exploring this sensory cave.
 
TOUCH PILLOWS
Make or buy your child some small pillows with different textures to play with.
For a real challenge, get two of four different kinds of pillows.
Then, mix up the pillows and have your child find sets of two that feel the same.
 
TOUCH TUB
Set out a child’s plastic swimming pool.
Each day, fill the bottom of the pool with different sensory materials; such as; sponges, egg carton bottoms, sand paper, cotton batting, rugs.
Let your child enjoy walking or crawling across the texture of the day.
 

SENSE OF HEARING
 
DANCING TO MUSIC
Play a game with your child (or children)
Play some music and have them dance.
Then stop the music and have them stop.
Continue playing and stopping.
Children must listen for the music before they can dance.

SOUND BOTTLES
Collect some small plastic bottles or you can use plastic Easter eggs.
Fill the bottles or eggs with items that will each make a different sound.
Examples:  salt, beans, paper clips, rice.
Let your children shake the bottles to listen to the sounds.
Variation:  For older children, make sets of different sound bottles.  Have your child shake the bottles and find bottles that sound the same.
Caution:  Be sure to supervise this game and make sure that your child does not attempt to open the bottles or eggs.
 


LOUD AND SOFT
Set out some items that make noise; such as; a bell, a drum, two pan lids, a radio.
Make a noise with the item and have your child tell you if the sound was loud or soft.
Have your child make their own loud and soft sounds.


SENSE OF SMELL

SMELLY CUPS
Set out two or three paper cups.

Place a cotton ball in each cup, upon which you have placed a scent.
Examples:  vanilla extract, lemon extract, onion juice,  flower perfume.

Have your child (or children) try to tell you what each cup smells like.
If they do not know the name of the smell, they can tell you if they like the smell or not.
  
FLOWER SMELL TEST
Set out 3 or 4 fragrant flowers in four glasses of water.
Have your child smell each flower and tell you which flower smell, they like the best.

SENSE OF VISION

COLOR AREAS
Set out a yellow piece of paper
Ask your child to look around the room for small objects that are the same color as the yellow paper.
Have them place the objects on the paper.
Continue with other colors, if interest lasts.
  
COLOR CLOTHES
Have your child find a color they are wearing.
Then look for someone else who is wearing the same color.
 
SOCK SEARCH
Set out a pile of socks of different colors.
Have your child sort the socks by color into pairs.
 
SIZE DETECTIVES
Go outside on a size search.
Point to two objects and have your child tell you which of the two objects is bigger (or smaller).
Children should be able to visually see the difference without having to measure the objects.

SENSE OF TASTE
 
TASTE TESTS
Children love doing taste tests.
Set out two mini snacks.
Have your child try both of them and tell you which one they liked best.
Variation:  Set out two snacks, one salty and one not salty.  Have your child tell you which snack was salty.
 
SWEET VS. SOUR
Let your child sample something that is sweet and then something that is sour.
Can he name which snack was sweet and which was sour?