Young children use their senses to explore the world around them. They love touching objects, feeling the various textures as they try to make sense of them. According to Sally Fitzgerald, a Good Start Early Learning Senior Occupational Therapist, sensory play is crucial for brain development. Sensory play “helps children build nerve connections in the brain’s pathways.” We love the Baby’s Very First Touchy Feely Animals Book because it provides an opportunity for sensory play for our youngest little readers.
The Touchy Feely Animals book is just the right size for little hands. Babies and toddlers can hold the book in their hands or laps. They have no trouble turning the pages of this adorable little board-book.
Each page offers an opportunity for the little reader to touch and feel a different texture.
This little lamb feels soft and fluffy.
This frog feels bumpy.
While children touch and feel all the fun textures, they’ll also enjoy reading about some of their favorite animals such as a shiny fish, a soft bunny rabbit, a hairy dog, and several others.
The Touchy Feely Animals Book also teaches colors!
Before and after reading The Touchy Feely Animals Book with your child, you can provide more opportunities for for sensory play.
We enjoyed plunging our hands in the water bin. The kids said it felt wet and cold.
We discovered that we could draw in the sand that had settled onto the bottom of the water bin.
I filled several Zip Loc Bags with various items. The kids held the bags and squished them around.
The kids said the beans felt “bumpy.”
The cube blocks felt “hard” and “sharp.”
The enjoyed popping the bubbles on the bubble wrap.
The liquid dish detergent felt “squishy.”
The rice felt “little bumpy.”
The sand felt “kind of hard and kind of soft.”
The shredded paper felt “crunchy.”
The water bag felt “fun and squishy.”
Here are several other ideas for sensory play.
Is it warm where you live? Play in colored ice!
Fill up some rainbow rice bins.
Play in torn up construction paper squares.
Here is a fun idea for Jello Alphabet Play.
Let your children dive their hands into dyed spaghetti squishy bags.
Fill balloons with different objects to create a fun and interesting sensory balloon activity.
The Touchy Feely Animals Book is one of several “touchy-feely” books provided by Usborne Books.
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