More Tactile Perception Activities

by Joan
(US)

sorting pasta by feel

sorting pasta by feel

I was reading your descriptions of the feely bag activities for tactile perception. In Montessori we add two more 'levels' - (we call this activity 'mystery bags').

1. ordinary objects: 8-10 ordinary objects: the child names, then puts in bag and identifies without looking (usually a shared activity)

2. identical objects (5-6 pair of matching objects) - child names, then all objects go into the bag. He takes out one object, then hunts for the match (no looking, just feeling).

3. similar objects (5-6 sets of similar objects:- such as a square/round button; real/rubber cork; glass/plastic bottle, big/small pompon etc..) Child makes pairs outside bag and names; objects go into the bag; child pulls out one, then has to 'hunt' for the similar object.

4. related objects(5-6 sets of related objects - such as a tiny shoe/sock; pencil/eraser; lock/key etc.). Child makes pairs outside bag and names; objects go into the bag; child pulls out one, then has to 'hunt' for the related object.

It's nice if you change objects throughout the school year - or start with a few sets, then add a new one so the children are surprised.

Sorting
Another activity we have is 'sterognostic sorting'. This can be done with many things, including natural objects such as nuts, seeds or even grains (the hardest). A child can sort two types of objects up to four or even five. At first this is done looking, then with a blindfold using two hands. In my class currently I have a basket with wood cubes and wood rectangular prisms (small). There are two bowls - the child first sorts looking; then closes her eyes or uses a blindfold to sort the wood objects into two bowls.

Objects can be sorted by size or attributes (rough/smooth) in addition to similarity/dissimilarity. Because you can use ordinary objects, this is easy and fun to do with a child at home.

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