Touch Fabrics

 
Lesson Progress:
Montessori Lesson

AGE

2.5 years approx.

MATERIALS

Each touch fabric is about 10cm by 10 cm. There are 6 identical pairs of different fabrics.
Some fabrics may include: linen velvet, tweed, ribbed corduroy, cotton flannel.

DIRECT AIM

To help awaken and refine the child’s tactile sense.

INDIRECT AIM

To aid the child’s fine motor by cultivating a lightness of touch.
To prepare the child for writing.
Concentration
Discrimination and judgement

PRESENTATION 1

Individual exercise done at a table.
  1. The child should wash his fingers or sensitise his fingers first.
  2. Place the Touch Fabrics from one set on the table feeling each one as you take them out of the box.
  3. Feel the fabrics between your fingers and thumb, rubbing them gently together as you do so.
  4. Make a pile of the 6 different cloths on the left hand side of the mat.
  5. On the right hand side of the mat, place the remaining cloths in a random arrangement.
  6. With your eyes averted or closed, select one cloth from the left-hand pile and bring it to the centre of the mat.
  7. Keep feeling the cloths on the right hand side until you find the one that matches the cloth from the left-hand side.
  8. Show great satisfaction when the correct piece of fabric has been located.  Say, “these fabrics feel the same”.
  9. Isolate the matched pair at the centre of the far edge of the mat. Repeat the matching process.
  10. Once the matching process has been completed, show  the child how to feel all the pairs again to verify the match.
  11. Separate the cloths into their piles again and invite the child to have a turn.

PRESENTATION 2

The child repeats the exercise but wears a blindfold.

PRESENTATION 3

If the child is interested, give a three period lesson on the various cloths in the fabric box.
Use only three fabrics at a time.

CONTROL OF ERROR

Each has a different look, colour, and texture.

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