Tactile Discrimination Ideas

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tactile discrimination activities

These tactile discrimination activities were submitted by Joan, a Montessori teacher in the US.

Handing over to Joan - thank you for your ideas!

Mystery Bags for Tactile Discrimination

I was reading your descriptions of the feely bag activities for tactile perception. In Montessori we call this activity 'mystery bags'.

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

2. identical objects (5-6 pair of matching objects) - child names the objects, 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 the objects; 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 the objects; 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.

Stereognostic Sorting

Have your child sort pasta into different types without looking - use a blindfold, or cover the hands

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 types. At first this is done while looking, then with a blindfold using two hands. In my class currently I have a basket with wood cubes and wood rectangular prisms. 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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