A sensory activity particularly suited for babies and children up to the age of two. However the activity can be easily adapted for children up to the age of five.
You will need:
- Squares of different patterned and coloured fabric, such as:
- Fury material
There are many different types of materials you can buy in a variety of different colours and patterns. Place squares of, as many different variations of materials you can find into a box. The material pieces need not be very large only 30cm square for example.
Place the box on the floor, or empty the contents onto the mat depending on the boxes size and the age of the children. Allow the children to select pieces of materials, exploring the texture and feeling against their skin for example.
Adapt this activity for children over the age of two, to include colour recognition, names of some of the materials, and discussions about the feel of the materials and their likes or dislikes of them, depending on the children’s individual abilities. At this age the materials can also be cut into a range of shapes or sizes. The children can then sort the materials according to colour, shape or size, which will add a mathematical aspect to the sensory activity.
Areas of learning covered:
- Personal and Social development
- Language, Literacy and Communication skills
- Mathematical development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World