Easy to Make Touch and Feel Book For Toddlers and Preschoolers

A touch and feel book is a creative way to engage kids sense of touch. This DIY project will provide an opportunity for kids to explore materials that are furry, scratchy and even spongy!

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Looking for an easy DIY project, that also has amazing play value? This simple sense-of-touch book is just what you need.

The book is easy to make with everyday supplies, and it's a fun way to include a sensory experience in your child's daily activities. You and the kids can make this little touchy feely book together.

Kids can help by exploring options to glue on the pages. They can plan the layout of the pages. They can squeeze glue from a bottle or spread with a glue stick.

This work supports fine motor play, and creative thinking.

Homemade toys are often some of the most interesting ones on the shelf, with amazing play value. Include the kids in this fun DIY project that can be used over and over for sensory play.


How to make a Touch and Feel Book


Supplies for a homemade sense of touch book for early learners


Materials for a DIY sensory book

  • cardboard or card stock
  • glue
  • fabric and textured paper
  • metal or plastic rings: I used a split key ring that I snipped in the middle with wire cutting pliers, allowing the key ring to fall into three individual rings. Plastic snap rings would be great as well. I was unable find them locally when I was doing this project but they can be purchased online.

Use whatever fabrics and papers you have on hand. Here are a few suggestions:

  • sandpaper
  • corrugated paper
  • faux fur
  • felt
  • mesh
  • foam sheets
  • greeting cards with raised designs or glittery surfaces


Instructions for a DIY sensory book

Pages for a diy sense of touch book for toddlers and preschoolers


1. Cut pages from cardboard or poster board approximately 5 in. (12.5 cm) square.

2. Hole punch the inside edges.

3. Cut out pieces of textured paper and fabric in a size slightly smaller than the pages. Glue to cardboard pages.


Link pages of a sensory book together with metal rings

4. Insert rings to link the pages together. (affiliate links)

  • Cutting the textured pieces slightly smaller than the book pages makes it easy to loop the rings through the holes.


Related: Indoor Sensory Walk


Touch and feel homemade book for early learning sensory activity


A sense-of-touch book  promotes observation and discussion.

Talk about the different textures as your preschooler plays.

Introduce words like scratchy, wiggly, spongy to support language skills. 

  • Does this feel scratchy or spongy?
  • Are you wearing something that feels like this?
  • Which texture is your favorite?

Keep this handy resource within easy reach so it can be used over and over again.

You'll love that the book is easy to make and has awesome play value.


Explore the sense of touch with more activities:

Learning about the Sense of Touch with Sandpaper from Gift of Curiosity

Sense of Touch Mystery Bag from A Mom with a Lesson Plan

5 Games Exploring Touch from Childhood 101

Exploring the Sense of Touch with Braille Alphabet from The Preschool Toolbox

Touch and Feel Alphabet from No Time for Flash Cards


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