Texture Boards and Tablets
1. ROUGH AND SMOOTH BOARD
A board mounted half with a smooth glossy paper and half with
the finest sandpaper.
2. TEXTURE BOARD
A board mounted with four wide strips of paper of different textures.
3. TOUCH PAIRING TABLETS
Tablets of wood all the same size mounted with 4 papers of different textures, two of each texture. A blindfold.
A plain blindfold is made of white cotton material with an elastic band to go behind the ears and around the back of the head.
Only the finest sandpaper may be used. The child's fingers are delicate and coarse sandpapers are unpleasant to touch and should not be used.
1) To make the child aware of different textures
2) Education of the hand
2 and 1/2 to 5 years
If the child has clean hands of normal temperature, his or her sense of
touch will be at its best and the material will be kept clean. So,
the teacher should have the child wash his or her hands and rub the
finger tips gently on the towel when drying to enhance sensitivity.
The teacher should do the same.
BOARD 1 - ROUGH AND SMOOTH BOARD
The teacher shows the child how to hold his or her wrist up lightly and
feel the two different textures on the board, first one and then
the other. The teacher does not let the child press heavily as the child will numb the
nerves in the finger tips and will not be able to feel the
differences in texture.
If the child feels without seeing, his or her sense of touch will be enhanced.
So, when the child understands the exercise, the teacher shows him or her how to
do the exercise blindfolded. If the child does not like the blindfold the
teacher does not insist on its use. Instead, the teacher suggests that the
exercise be done with the child's eyes closed.
BOARD 2 - TEXTURE BOARD
This board is given in the same way when the child is ready for it.
TOUCH PAIRING TABLETS:
The teacher lays the tablets on the table in front of the child, in
mixed order, but no over-lapping.
The teacher shows the child how to feel a tablet lightly several
times and then to feel others until the child finds one with the same
texture. The teacher then shows the child how to place the matching tablets
together on the table so they are separated from the group of
When the child understands that he or she must find the matching pairs by
touch, the child wears the blindfold and continues to work on his own.
Pairing Tablets: when the blindfold is removed the child can see
if the pairs are correctly matched by seeing the slight difference
in the color of the papers used.
When introducing the blindfold for the first time in class,
it is wise to choose an extrovert, a child the teacher knows is
always ready to try new things.
Rough - Smooth
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