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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sensory Texture Boards

K loves touching everything so I thought it would be fun to put together some Sensory Texture Boards for him. I bought wooden coasters from the craft store for a dollar a piece then collected items from the dollar store and around the house that I thought he would find interesting. Using my glue gun I attached the items to each board.

Our boards so far are covered in:
-pieces of felt
-velcro circles
-aluminum foil
-cotton fabric
-cotton balls
-bubble wrap
-soft yarn
-fake flowers
-wax paper
-squishy stars
-circle mirrors
-fake leaves
-plastic letters
-the rubbery stuff you put on the bottom of your cupboards so your dishes don't slip (not sure the correct name)
-pipe cleaners
-hot glue swirls

I originally wanted to make a matching game but the craft store ran out of wood coasters and haven't got any in yet. K loves feeling them and learning new vocabulary about how they look and feel. He's only two and at this point in time likes to put everything in his mouth so he cannot play with them unsupervised but I do think that they will last a long time and be put to good use. We can sort by texture and when willing he can be blindfolded and identify what each is.

In the future I'd like to add some buttons, coins, glitter, leather, silk, popcorn kernels, mesh, paper clips, craft foam, velvet, flannel, lace, pasta, screws or nails to our boards.

So what do you think? Do you have a suggestion for a material to add to our sensory boards or an activity that we can do with them? I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. This is such an awesome idea, I love it!

  2. Great idea! The things that come to mind for me are faux fur, chicken wire and bubble wrap. Oh, and something rubbery like rubber gloves.

  3. AWESOME! I've been trying to figure out a way to attach different fabrics to plastic lids so that N can put them in her mouth if she wants to but I haven't found a way to do it yet.

    Did you cover the back too?

    Great ideas for how to use them later on too.

  4. Just found your blog a bit ago and had some time today to browse. You have so many wonderful things to create for our little ones! I especially like the busy bags and the texture boards. I've been using my diaper bag for a busy bag when we go out to eat or to a friend's but it gets quite crowded. His own bag would be great. I'm putting the texture boards on a Want To Do list!

  5. Hi there... I just want to introduce myself as one of your latest followers. I love your blog and am also following you on Pinterest :D

    I have started collecting objects to make some cards and your list is so helpful in that respect!

    I have mentioned you on my blog as a source of inspiration :D here's a link if you'd like a peek ://non-nativebilingualadventure.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/sensory-play.html (the article is from the perspective of how these cards provide a great language learning opportunity for my 20 month old who we are raising bilingually)

    Thanks again for some great ideas


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