Today’s sensory matching game is fun for all kids, but is really good for those with low vision or sensory issues. My son, Charlie, had an instructor who came to the house and she had a similar game, but I figured I could make one and save myself a little money.
To do this activity, you will need twelve small cups and six items with distinctive textures. To make my cups, I cut up an egg carton, but it could be done all sorts of ways. I got my textured items at the dollar store–I especially looked for things like the sponge because it had a different texture on each side.
So first I cut up my egg carton to make twelve individual cups.
Next, I took a textured item, cut it up, and then glued the texture to the bottom of two different cups. Do this with each texture until you have six pairs.
Now, for the matching! If your child is young, or this is their first attempt, start with just a few pairs. We used three for our first attempt.
Have your child try to match cups that have the same texture. Younger kids can check themselves easily by looking at the two cups to see if they look the same. Challenge older kids to match up the textures with their eyes closed. Even I had fun trying that!
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Katy is a mom of one who loves art, mystery novels, and anything involving peanut butter”“she blogs about raising her little miracle at Bird on the Street.
What a fantastic idea. I’ve been looking for ways to explore matching more thoroughly with my son Boo. This looks like a brilliant and inexpensive way to do so.
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Cathy @ NurtureStore says
Great idea – really easy to put together and I like that it can be adapted to suit older kids too. We’ve been having fun playing a sensory match the smell game this week.
I love this idea! I am always looking for new ideas to explore textures. I think this would be great because we could start with some less threatening textures and work our wau up to the more uncomfortable ones! I’m going to have to remember this one…
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