We explored our five senses in preschool: touch

This past week the children explored their sense of touchtastesmellsight, and hearing. Let me show you what the children found in the “sense of touch” discovery center…

The children used their sense of touch to sample different types of textures. This activity lends itself to great opportunities for expanding vocabulary. I stopped by the toddler class on this day to see their version of the “touch” project:)

The teacher set a variety of materials with different textures on the table.

The children were invited to select any pieces of materials from the center of the table and place it on the glue card.

Then the toddlers practiced, “pat, pat, pat!” and patted the materials down with their hands on the glue cards so the materials would not fall off.

As the children patted, they discovered that some of the materials were scratchy like sand paper…

And other materials were soft like cotton…

And some of the materials were rubbery like foam or bumpy like foil…

And yes, we even tasted a few pieces of these materials along the way!

Discover more ideas for touch at School Time Adventures!

By |2010-09-29T23:44:54+00:00September 29th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. The First Lady of Biz September 30, 2010 at 4:19 am - Reply

    I am so happy that I found your website. I have browsed through your website and found it to be so helpful. I can’t wait to see new content.

  2. Cara October 2, 2010 at 8:23 am - Reply

    I LOVE this idea, and I’ve been collecting scraps of sandpaper, fabrics, and other cool feeling things for a similar collage project for our art playgroup. Also, I haven’t had a chance to comment much this week, but I’ve been bookmarking every single one of your Five Senses projects. They’ve all been great!

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 2, 2010 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Thank you Cara – it is so nice to hear from you when you get the time:) I know what it means to be super busy!!

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