8.24.2009

A Tactile Matching Game

texture balloons

We used a funnel to fill sets of balloons with pantry items of varying texture: 2 each of rice, flour, sugar, small pearl tapioca, lentils, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds. The kiddos then used their sense of touch to pair off the matching balloons while also trying to identify the sometimes mysterious contents.

Filling the balloons was almost a bigger hit than the matching done afterward. I think we'll add more textures as the balloons we have filled become easier to match and a harder version of the game is needed.

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17 comments:

Danielle said...

What an awesome idea. This would be a perfect activity for tot school!

Brittany said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm putting a link on my blog to this for future reference. :)

Susan R. said...

What a neat idea. Thanks!

sweetbeets said...

I love this DIY matching game idea. So simple! Thanks for sharing.

Shellbells said...

awesome idea !!!! shall have to get my own set made!!! Thanks for sharing the idea!!

Vivi said...

Such a clever game (and I kinda like that that it looks like you have a bowl full of homemade hearts!)

Anonymous said...

What a creative and educational game!!! I agree that it looks like a bowl of hearts, how fun!

Amy

featherbed said...

what a fun idea!!

Allie said...

That is brilliant!

Mozer said...

I love this idea! I've posted a link to it here: http://www.squidoo.com/toddler-workbox

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Being-a-Mama said...

Brill idea, will be trying with my little man, just need to get supplies, put link on my (very new) blog.
http://www.being-a-mama.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the idea. I'm an OT in a skilled nursing facility and a lot of my patients lately have sensory issues. Can't wait to build and use. I'm thinking of using cheap socks because we can't have latex and I'm a terrible at sewing!

Being Inspired said...

Every now and then you stumble upon an idea of sheer genius - and this is it! I LOVE this. It would be so great for kids with sensory issues. Thanks so much! :)

Rob Wirth said...

what a great idea! what kiind of balloons did you use?

Jen said...

This is truly amazing and wonderful craft! Thank you for sharing this. Awesome and perfect for the kids. We also did a Sensory Texture Crayon Rubbings Art out of the same materials you used. You should check this out!
EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com Sensory Texture Crayon Rubbings

Karin Swift said...

Thank you for sharing. I teach english as a foreign/SLA, and for the 10 year olds this also a good game. They have to listen for instructions such as: be gentle, don't throw, match, pair ... It is a good team activity, and they can even quest what is inside the ballons.