Five Senses Unit: What’s in the bag?

You’d be amazed what your fingers can tell you! With this activity, you’ll demonstrate to your child all they can learn from their sense of touch.

What you need:
  • brown paper bags
  • marker or pen
  • suggested items to fill the bags:
    • cotton balls or toilet paper or tissue paper (soft)
    • rock, stone, die, or domeno (hard)
    • wet rag or paper towel or wet wipes (moist)
    • sandpaper or a Brillo pad or a rough sponge (rough)
    • an apple (smooth)
    • velcro, the hook side, legos (bumpy)
    • play dough (squishy)
    • tape (sticky)
    • cup of ice (cold)
  • Optional additional items:
    • velvet
    • faux fur
    • plastic wrap
    • lace
    • sponge
    • satin ribbon
    • corrugated cardboard
    • feathers
    • pom poms
    • pipe cleaner
    • shaving cream
    • sand
What to do:

Take 6-8 brown paper bags and put a different object in each. Number the outside of the bag to keep track of the contents.

Next, help your child to use their sense of touch to identify objects. Have them reach into the bags without looking. Once they are holding or touching the object, ask them the following questions:

  • What do you think is in the bag?
  • How do you know what it is without looking at it?
  • How does it feel?

Use multiple choice questions to prompt them to describe the object if they are having a difficult time. For example say: Is it soft or hard? Rough or smooth? Sharp or dull? 

If your child is engaged, refill the bags with new objects and play again!

Published by The Learn + Live Letter

The Learn + Live Letter is a play- and project-based homeschool curriculum for children ages 3-12.

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