It’s no secret that we love sensory play around here.
Playing with different textures has helped Nicholas overcome some of his aversions when it comes to touching and eating different textures and foods.
Because of that, I try to give him activities that are not only educational, but include some sensory experience as well.
This sensory shamrock matching activity is both! Even better is that it’s adaptable to any situation!
Learning about colors? Shapes? Letters? Whatever!
We chose to practice our numbers this time around and since St. Patrick’s day is next week, we threw some shamrocks into the mix. You could use any shapes you want!
Not only is it easy to customize, but it’s super simple to make. (It does take some time to cut out the shapes but that really is about as complicated as it gets.)
Gather your supplies! Look for items that you can easily cut into shapes but that have different textures. For our shamrocks we used foam, textured card stock, and felt. (We did try to make some shamrocks with the pom poms in the pictures but they just didn’t want to turn out very well.)
You’ll also need:
Shamrock Pattern (or shape of your choice)
First things first, figure out how many matches you want to make. We decided to use the numbers 1-10 so I cut 10 shamrocks from each of our textures and the construction paper.
Use the shapes you cut from construction paper as your main shape. This is the one your little one will match the other shapes to.
Draw on your numbers (shapes, letters, etc.) and adhere these to your poster board with contact paper. You could also use glue or tape but this works best for us so that Nicholas won’t accidentally rip those off.
You’ll need to draw your numbers onto the other textures as well.
Next, you’ll add Velcro to the back of all of your other textured shapes. In our case, we added Velcro to the back of our textured card stock, felt and foam shamrocks.
All that’s left is to add the other side of the Velcro to your poster board.
For ours, I just used the construction paper shamrocks as a guide and made a row of 3 pieces of Velcro going across so that there was a space for each of our textures.
That’s it! Easy right?
Now you’re ready to let the learning begin!
Not only will you and your toddler have fun matching all of the numbers together, but matching the different textures provides a nice little change from the regular old matching games 🙂
Do you use a lot of sensory play with your toddler?
What type of sensory play is your favorite?