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Activities to Improve Tactile Perception Skills for Handwriting

Feely Bag Games

You need

Non see through bag, selection of toys and pictures, or second set of toys being used.

How to do it

Before you start  the game let your child feel the  objects you are going to use. Talk together about them.

Put one set of the toys (e.g. shapes) in the bag and place the other set on the table for the child to look at. Before you start make sure your child knows the basic properties of the toys they will be looking for. Your child should use both hands to manipulate the toy.

Handbag Hunt Level One

In this activity, your child puts their hands in (both hands if possible, but if not, then use the dominant hand), picks up an object, feels it, identifies it and pulls it out to check only AFTER identifying it. If correct, your child gets to “keep” it, if wrong, you get to "keep" it. The winner is the one with the most animals/shapes at the end.

Handbag Hunt Level Two
Ask your child to find a specific object. This is usually harder as it involves your child identifying and discarding possibilities before deciding on the one that feels right.

What’s the Fabric/Material?

You need

A range of different fabric and material types which are safe for your child to touch and feel, a feely bag or box.

How to do it

With your child, hold the fabric or material in your hands so that you can both touch it while you talk about how it feels e.g. is it cold, smooth, fluffy, warm, soft or hard. Then ask your child to tell you how the material feels. Encourage the use of different language to describe the various materials, such as a piece of fabric may be soft and furry while another is soft and silky.

Once  your child is happy with this try putting the fabric into a feely bag, without them seeing, and ask them to put their hands in and describe the material without seeing it. Can they tell you what it is?

If your child is fearful of any items, have them play with them in a less threatening way. For example, they can use your hands to start touching it or they can push toy cars or plastic animals through it etc.

Helpful tips:

Introduce new sensory stimuli slowly and gradually.

DO NOT FORCE your child to touch things which cause a significant fearful response.

Prepare your child, let them know what you are doing ahead of time and while engaged in the activity.

Allow your child to experience sensations when they are ready. You CAN encourage it and creatively find a way to get them to do it.

Let your child know you understand and accept what they are feeling!

Be patient, allow extra time, ask your child what is making them feel anxious, sad, angry etc. Give them words to use to express their feelings and emotions.

Grocery Hunt

You need

Grocery bag and a few unopened packets of non-perishables e.g. rice.

How to do it

First make sure your child knows the names of all the groceries and has felt the packets and has an understanding of how they are different from one another.

Put the items inside a  grocery bag. Ask your child to put both hands into the bag, feel a packet and tell you which item it is.

After “guessing”, let your child pull it out to see if it's correct. If correct, your child gets to “keep” it, if wrong, you get to "keep" it.

See who has the most items at the end of the game.

Core Strength (Posture) Games instructions.pdf