Sensory Walk: A Sense of Touch Activity

This sense of touch activity originally appeared Jan. 17, 2011.

This activity came to me on the fly.  We were about to take a walk, and I thought it would be fun to add a little sense of touch activity.  I made the kids wait a few minutes longer while I grabbed a piece of paper and a sharpie.  I think the kids approved, this activity ended up being a keeper!

Sense of Touch Activity: Sensory Walk

what you need:  paper ~ sharpie ~ scissors ~  space to walk

Sense of touch activity for kids... so fun!

I didn’t have time to get out the ruler (as if I would have anyway), so I folded the paper to make a bunch of rectangles.  I started listing words that describe things we touch.  I only came up with 8. . . give me a break I had two kids begging me to hurry up!  I tried to make the words opposites as well as descriptive.  I used; cold, warm, soft, hard, rough, smooth, moist, dry.  I can’t wait to hear what you come up with. Oh yeah, then cut on the lines.

Sense of touch activity for kids... so fun!

Once we were outside I handed each of the kids a word.  I let them look at it for a minute before I told them what it said.  The directions for this activity are simple; find an object that feels that way.

Sense of touch activity for kids... so fun!
Instantly they were off.

Sense of touch activity for kids... so fun!I could not believe how excited the kids were about these words.  They searched, really thinking about what they were supposed to find.  Big M went through words so fast, I could barely keep up.  I thought he would be tired of it once he had found something for each word, but I was wrong.  He brought me some moist moss at the very end of our walk.  I think next time I’ll let him come up with some descriptive words of his own.

Your turn… what words will you add? How else might you extend this sense of touch activity?

More Sense of Touch fun
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Reverse Finger Paint
Mystery Bag


  1. What a great idea. I love the fact that you’re doing something fun, and learning all at the same time! Way creative!

  2. Fun idea! Extend it by making it a photo scavenger hunt?? Can’t think of any other words though….sticky?? That might back-fire! 🙂

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