Touch Board 1 – there are two sections, one rough and one smooth
Touch Board 2 – there are 5 strips of the same texture sandpaper alternating along the length of the board with 4 smooth varnished areas.
Touch Board 3 – there are 4 different textures, from slightly rough sandpaper to very rough sandpaper.
To help awaken the child’s tactile perceptual skills.
To aid the child’s fine motor by cultivating a lightness of touch.
To prepare the child for writing.
2.5 years approx.
Individual exercise done at a table.
- The child should wash his fingers or sensitise his fingers first.
- Present touch board 1 first.
- Position the board so that the smooth side is on the left-hand side.
- With eyes averted, lightly brush the tips of the fingers of one hand over the smooth surface, pulling your hand towards yourself from far to near. Say “smooth”.
- Do the same with the “Rough” section. Invite the child to feel the different textures.
- Do a three period lesson with the words: smooth and rough.
- Present Touch Board 2 next.
- Stroke the board in the same way alternatively saying “ rough, smooth, rough, smooth”
- Let the child feel this board.
- Again, do a three period lesson with rough and smooth.
- Present Touch Board 3 next.
- The smoothest sandpaper strip is on the left-hand side with the roughest on the right hand side. Brush your fingertips over the first strip from top to bottom and say “rough”.
- As you feel each strip of sandpaper so you will say “rougher, rougher, roughest”
- Use a three period lessonto reinforce the comparative and superlatives remembering to always follow the same sequence.
CONTROL OF ERROR
If his fingers go off the sandpaper, he will feel the contrast.