Grade Level: Pre-school (12-18 months)
Subject: Language development, vocabulary enrichment, and science
Materials: “feelie bucket”
Items of different texture
Time: 15-30 minutes
Objective: The child will be introduced to sensory descriptors, including smooth, rough,
hard, and soft. The child will understand that objects can be
described with one or more of these words, such as smooth and hard.
1. Introduce the sense of touch by asking students what they can do with
there 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. You
may have to lead the discussion by asking them how the carpet or floor
feels. Introduce the words rough, smooth, hard and soft.
Be sure to give examples of each so that the students can begin to
associate these words with concrete examples.
2. Place the “feelie bucket on the floor during circle time. Have each
student put there hand into the bucket and pull an item out. Ask the
children to describe the item they have found. Encourage the
children to touch all or the objects.
Assessments: Ask children later in the day to describe the way things feel. Repeat
the activity a few days later and see if the children can identify the
objects by their appropriate desciptive words.