Did you know that skin is the largest organ in your body?
This means that touch is the most important vehicle for learning! We tend to “learn by doing” which means that we are using all of our sensory systems at once- especially touch. The more we interact with an object or a concept, the better we understand it. Try to incorporate tactile learning experiences into everyday activities. Here are some ideas to get your started!
*Touch Different Fabrics: Silk, Lace, Velvet, Cotton, Corduroy…what feels best?
*Play-Dough or Clay
*Collect rocks, leaves, and sticks outside
*Fill a bin with rice, beans, dry pasta, lentils, etc.
*Fill the sink with soap bubbles.
*Massage with lotion.
*Crash into a pile of pillows
*Roll down a grassy hill
*Walk barefoot outside on different surfaces.
*Crawl through a tunnel or small space
Don’t feel limited to just touching with hands! Children love to explore the world with their whole body. Allow your child to be free to get messy, discover, and learn, all while sharing fun, new experiences with you.
-Elizabeth Clark McKenzie, MS, CCC-SLP