Foot Sense: What Will Your Feet Feel?
Come take off your shoes and explore with your feet. Your child will embark on a barefoot adventure as he plays with different textures. While this activity does encourage lessons in both sensory science and descriptive language, the best part is that it's full of silly, soapy fun!
What You Need:
- 6 large plastic tubs
- Shaving cream
What You Do:
- Help your child fill each tub with one of your special "sensory items." The sensory items are the shaving cream, syrup, cornmeal, rice, sand and water. Feel free to substitute one or more of the items on the list if necessary.
- Talk about sensory items with your kid. Explain that sensory is just a fancy way of referring to our five physical senses of taste, smell, touch, hearing and sight.
- Use your sense of sight to describe each sensory item with your child. Discuss what each one looks like and make predictions about how the items will feel against bare feet.
- Have your child write down any observations or descriptive words about the way the sensory items look.
- Arrange the tubs in a line. Put the water tub at the end (this tub will help clean your child's messy feet!)
- Put a little bit of soap in the water tub.
- Hold your child's hand to keep him steady as he steps into the first bucket.
- Ask him how his feet feel. Does he like the way the material rubs against his skin?
- Have him record his observations after he steps out of the bucket.
- Continue until your child has tested out all the tubs, including the soapy water one.
- Review your child's notes and discuss the activity with him. Which sensory items were his favorite? Which were his least favorite? If you guys did this project again, what different materials would he like to use?