Again, this post is from a few months ago…
This lesson is the beginning of our unit on the 5 senses.
We started out talking about what it means to feel or touch and what we use to do that (hands & feet mainly). We read a library book about touch. Then I have them paint brushes to play with. We used them to touch our faces, hands, arms, feet, etc. We talked about what it felt like, which parts of our bodies were more sensitive and I also had them touch their hair and nails with the brushes. Then we talked about how our hair and nails don’t have a sense of touch.
Next, they colored their hands & feet page:
I had them trace the letters in the word “Touch.” We also learned the words for hand, feet, fingers and toes in Spanish.
Then, they started creating their 5 senses guys:
They’re going to keep adding to the senses guy each week as we learn each of the senses. This week I just had them color the hands and feet and write T’s beside them for “touch.”
Next they played the feeling box game:
My mom actually made this game for me when I was a kid and I can remember playing it. The basic idea is to just use your hands to find the item that is called out. I kept having to tell the kids to stop looking inside. They were just so tempted. Lol. They had a lot of fun with this game.
Next, we read a library book about feeling and textures. Afterwards, we went outside to find and touch the different textures we had talked about.
We also collected different textured items for our texture pages (I found these via Pinterest):
Next, we played the paper bag feeling game (found this on Pinterest, too). I put 10 different items each in their own numbered bag and stapled them shut. Then they took turns feeling the item through the bag and guessing what it was. Then they took turns tearing the bags open to see what was inside. It was funny to hear some of their guesses. And on some items they did a really good job. After we were done they wanted me to put the items back into bags to do it again.
Here’s what was inside of the bags:
And here are their guesses:
Next, we turned toward more of some messy feeling experiments. First, we made slime (from Pinterest). It didn’t turn out quite the right texture, but they still had fun with it.
Next, I pulled out the Jello excavation (pinterest, too). I just collected some small toys (that didn’t have a lot of holes or area to get too messy) and put them into a dish of jello (not hardened yet of course). If I remember right, I followed the recipe for jello jigglers consistency and not regular jello.
And of course, the inevitable happened, they started mixing the jello and slime together. I tried to discourage it so that they could save their slime to play with again, but I soon gave up. And as you can see, it got really messy very quickly. They had a lot of fun, but they all needed showers afterwards.
As far as the clean up, I rinsed off the toys and then threw them in the dishwasher. They came out just fine.
Here are some of the websites where I got these lesson ideas (discovered on pinterest, of course!):