Thursday, July 15, 2010

Touch and Developing the Tactile Sense

For young children, the sense of touch is key to understanding the world around them.

Encourage touch and exploration, discussing what your child is touching. Is it "rough" or "smooth"? Is it "bumpy" or "silky"? Use rich descriptive words that will teach your child the language to describe what he or she feels.

In the Montessori class, materials such as the Rough and Smooth (Touch) Boards, Touch Tablets, and Fabric Box are some of the first touch materials that your child will use.

Look for fabric, wood, different grades of sandpaper, different types of paper, and other materials that help your child learn about the language and explore the experience of touch.

Photo courtesy of Nienhuis Netherlands

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