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The Five Senses Kids Lessons and Activities

Sense of Touch Activities

Sense of Touch Lesson
Sense of touch activities


Children will learn about the sense of touch.



Say: “If you are in a dark room and you bump into something, you put out your hand to touch and feel what is around you. This way you can find out very quickly what it is. Our hands send touch messages to our brain such as if something is hot or cold and hard or soft. When something touches our skin our skin cells send messages to our brain. All our skin is a sense organ and it has thousands of tiny nerves, which send messages to the brain. Some parts of our skin can feel things better than other parts. Fingers, toes, and lips are very sensitive. Some animals have special ways of feeling such as using their whiskers to move around and to detect food that they cannot see.”

Put ansmall item in a sock such as a spoon or a small toy car. Let children reach into the sock without looking and decide what is in the sock. Repeat with other items.


Movement and Games:

Touch and Feel Bag
Each day put a mystery item into a paper bag (or purse). Let children have a chance to feel inside the bag to guess what the object is. Have them use descriptive words such as smooth or rough and soft or hard. After all the children have had a chance to feel what is in the bag and have given their guesses, reveal what the object is.


Let children bring a mystery object to share.


The rock is hard.

How do I know?

My skin told my brain,

So it must be so.



Play Touch and Feel Game

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Helen Keller

Talk about Helen Keller with children. Explain that she lost both her sense of sight and hearing when she was just a few months old, so she communicated through the sense of touch. She overcame her adversities to become an honors student in college with the help of an assistant who would spell words onto her hands. She became a role model for all people with "handicaps."


Movement Activities

picture of Lilly jumping rope

Have children act out the following verse with their hands:

Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.

Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.

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Touch Board
Cut out square pieces of cardboard. Each square should be about 12 inches by 12 inches. Divide the square into equal sections. Glue on objects that have different textures, for example, feathers, sand, rocks, wood, paper, sandpaper, cotton balls Everyone’s board should be a little different and it is fun to compare the different textures children use.