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A brief idea on Touch for 12-18 month old toddlers


Science, Social Studies  



Title – Touch
By – Mollie Tucker
Subject – Social Studies, Science
Suggested Age – 12-18 months
Unit: Senses

TCW be introduced to sensory descriptors, including smooth, rough, hard, soft, cold, and warm.
TCW understand that objects can be described with one or more of these words, such as cold and hard.

“feelie” boxes
items of different textures

1.Introduce the sense of touch by asking students what they can do with their hands. Lead the class to see that they touch things with their hands, and then ask them if everything feels the same when they touch it. Ask the class to give some examples of what different things feel like. You may have to lead the discussion by asking them how the carpet or floor feels. Introduce the words rough, smooth, soft, hard, hot, and cold, if students do not mention these, and be sure to give examples of each so that students can begin to associate these words with concrete examples.

2.Divide the class into three groups and place each group at a station. At each station, every student will have an opportunity to touch the objects or substances there. The three stations will be:

-“Feelie” Boxes: Place three or four “feelie” boxes on a table with smocks for students to wear. Each box should have the lid on with a hole cut out, so that students can put their hand in the box without seeing inside it. Have each student put there hand in as many of the boxes as they want and then describe what it feels like. If students want to make a guess about what each item is, allow them to do so.

-Hot/Cold: In each of the three buckets, place water, with one having cold water, one having luke warm water, and one having hot (but not too hot) water. Have each student put their hand in each bucket and then describe what each feels like and how they compare with each other.

-Textured Paper: Place the various kinds of paper or fabric on a table so that students can pick each up and feel the texture of it. Have enough kinds of examples so that everyone in the group will be able to participate without having to wait. Ask students to describe how each feels, and how they compare to each other.

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