Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sensory Matching Game

We are wishing daily that spring will come.  After last weeks big snow fall and a daughter almost in tears over it, we decided we needed to come up with a new game to play at home.  This sensory matching game is easy to make with items from your closet.

You will need:
  • 4 card stock cut into four equal pieces (16 squares total)
  • household items that fall into the following categories: rough [sandpaper, scouring pad], smooth [aluminum foil, paper, ribbon], hard [wood, metal, pasta] and soft [cotton balls, fabric, pipe cleaners] -- use your imagination.
  • glue, scissors and a marker
  • blindfold
Write hard, smooth, rough or soft on the back of each card.  Each category gets 4 cards.
On the front side glue on the corresponding item, making two identical cards.  For example, I used cotton balls for soft.  On two cards I wrote soft on the back and glued cotton balls on the front.  Once you have made all your cards lay them out with the item facing up.  For a younger child use fewer cards per game.

Blindfold the child playing.  Instruct her to feel all the cards and select two that are the same.   Set those aside until all the cards are matched up.  Next have your child look at all the matches she made and sort them into the appropriate categories.  Checking the back to verify the answer. 

A fun game for yet another day indoors.


Theresa said...

Oh, my girls will love this Dinah, thanks for sharing! They love matching games, but we have never played one blindfolded, so this will be fun!

KHH said...

I just have to say that YOU ARE AWESOME! I am a mother of six and a grandmother of ten and you never cease to amaze me with your fresh ideas and resources, your delightful approach to living, and your love for learning/teaching/sharing with others. My daughters and I read Citrus regularly. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!