Texture Balloons is a fun tactile sensory activity for toddlers & preschoolers. These are very easy to make and a great way to work on theirvocabulary – language development. This texture matching activity is perfect to explain the sense of touch.
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- Use a funnel to fill the balloon with any random items(pantry items works best) and tie them close.
- Fillers we used – Rice, Sugar, Black eyed peas & Water beads.
- We used orange and gold balloons. Filled each item in one orange and one gold.
- Let the kids touch & feel the balloons to match the pairs.
Miss A(3.5yrs) squeezed one orange balloon and then squeezed all the gold balloons to find which matches the orange balloon. Once she found the match she put them side by side. She repeated this until she matched all the pairs. We then spoke about how the balloons felt – soft or hard, bumpy, squishy, crunchy, etc. Each time she felt two balloons she would say if they are same or different. She matched all the balloons perfectly.
Miss D(2yrs) loved to squeeze all the balloons. She just liked to feel the different textures and talk about how they feel. We dint try to match the balloons.We then discussed about the sense of touch – how we use our hands to touch and feel things – one of our five senses.
The water beads balloons were my LOs favourite pick. They simply loved squeezing it. Everytime they squeezed it, the water beads popped out. It was so irresistible, i had to try. We all loved squeezing & squishing the beads. It felt so therapeutic- much like a stress reliever.
Note: If you dont use good quality balloons there are chances, the balloons might tear when you do this activity – the party balloons from walmartseemed to work fine. With a lot of squeezing and throwing, our balloons are still in good shape. We will be adding more textures to this activity.