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Teaching Sense of Touch - The Five Senses

Updated on September 12, 2014

The Sense of Touch and Feeling

The way things feel when we touch them helps us learn about the world around us. Soft, hard, cold, warm, wet, and dry are just a few of the words we use to describe the way things feel as we touch them. Teaching kindergarten students to explore their sense of touch can be fun! Offer them items with a variety of textures and temperatures. Ask them to describe what they feel. Keep a journal and encourage the budding little scientists to write down their observations.

Photo by Gwen Stefani.

Teaching Sense of Touch

How to Teach the Sense of Touch to Children

Objectives: Identify and categorize objects by how they feel. Also, recognize that we commonly feel things through our hands and fingers.

1. Fold a piece of paper in half. Label each of the 4 pages of the book, "hard," "soft," "rough," and "smooth."

2. With the child's eyes closed, offer them a variety of objects and ask them if they are hard, soft, rough, or smooth. Ask they child if they can identify the object. Here are ideas for the objects to offer:

*A furry sweater, fake, or real fur.

*Tin foil crumpled up.

*Sandpaper

*A tissue, or a cotton ball

*A silk shirt

*A rock

*A piece of wood

*Jello

*A marshmallow

*Shaving Cream

*Pudding

*A soft pillow

*Rice

*Beans

*Macaroni

*A toothbrush or hairbrush

3. After playing the guess the object game, help the child write on the paper the various objects. Categorize them according to how they feel.

4. Discuss with the child that they feel with their fingers and hands and that this can be done with their eyes closed. Talk about how things are still able to be identified even when we can't see them.

5. You may wish to discuss that you can "feel" through the skin on any part of your body, not just your hands.

Choose the Pictures that are Hard and Soft

Free Sense of Touch - My five senses
Free Sense of Touch - My five senses

Worksheets for Teaching the Sense of Touch

Free Sense of Touch Worksheets - My Five Senses

This worksheet is a great opportunity to expand on things that feel hard or soft. Once the child has competed the worksheet, see if they can name other things that feel very hard or soft.

Discuss How Things at the Beach Feel

Beach Worksheet for Sense of Touch

This kindergarten level worksheet from Education.com instructs children to draw something that they see at the beach and talk about how it feels when they touch it.

Beach Items - Sense of Touch Worksheet






Touching Things that Are Cold

Touching Things that are Cold

This preschool level worksheet from Education.com instructs children to circle the things that are cold, then draw something that is cold.

Cold Items - Sense of Touch Worksheet






Draw a Picture of Four Things You Can Feel

4 Things You Can Feel

This worksheet prompts students to think of 4 things that they can feel and draw a picture of each, or write their name.

Name Four Things You Can Feel Worksheet

The 5 Senses from Amazon

After you teach the 5 senses to children, it is a good idea to read to them about these sense to reinforce the concept and commit it to memory. Here are some books about the 5 senses that are available at Amazon.com, or check out your local library to see if they are available.

Sense of Touch Activity

Sense of Touch

Sense of touch table activity.

The 5 Senses

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How fun to teach the world of sensory awareness!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      This is an awesome idea, I like how you use different objects like jello and crumpled tin foil. I would also ask them to label something in shape too like oval, round, rectangle, etc.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas here.

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