Studying the 5 Senses is so important for preschoolers! Their five senses are how all of the information gets from the outside world to inside their brains. Create this easy Sense of Touch Science center to help young learners better understand their 5 senses and the world around them. It’s a great “hands-on” project that is easy to assemble in minutes and is perfect for independent exploration.
- Sturdy posterboard or tri-fold bord
- Hot glue
- Various textured items such as sandpaper, fabrics, bubble wrap, etc.
Sense of Touch – Board Assembly:
It couldn’t be easier to assemble the Sense of Touch Science Center! Arrange the items on the sturdy board and use the hot glue to attach them. Make sure to leave a little space between the items. Adding the names of the materials or a science fair style backdrop can contribute to your print-rich environment as well. Aim to include at least 8-10 different textures for little fingers to explore!
5 Senses Circle Time Lesson
Be sure to introduce how to use the board in circle time or in small groups. Discuss how the different items feel. Encourage learning with open-ended questions such as, “Does this feel like anything you might have at home?”
5 Senses Science Center
After introducing the board to the students, set it up for independent exploration at the science center. Students can visit the Touch Board during center time to explore the textures and also get valuable social-emotional skills while they interact with their peers. Including a few touch-and-feel books can really make the center feel complete!
Check out this interactive 5 senses bulletin board:
5 Senses Circle Time unit: