How to Make a Sense of Touch Book For Toddlers and Preschoolers

Kids have fun using all their senses as they explore the world around them. This touch and feel book is one way to engage kids with the sense of touch. This DIY project will provide an opportunity for kids to explore materials that are furry, scratchy and even spongy!

Sense of touch DIY book activity - Preschool Toolkit

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DIY projects come in handy when you are looking for specific opportunities for kids to learn through play.

For sensory play using the sense of touch, try this sensory walk activity, or simply add pine cones to the sandbox.

This touch-and-feel book is an easy way to introduce a sensory experience to your child's daily activities.

Supplies for sense of touch activity for kids - Preschool Toolkit

Supplies for the touch and feel book:

For this activity you will need a variety of materials with different textures. Use whatever you have on hand. Here are a few suggestions:

  • sandpaper

  • corrugated paper

  • faux fur

  • felt

  • mesh

  • foam sheets
  • greeting cards with raised designs or glitter surfaces
  • poster board or cardboard 


Sense of touch DIY book activity - Preschool Toolkit

Instructions for touch and feel book:

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

2. Hole punch the inside edges.

3. Cut out textured pieces and glue to cardboard pages.


Sense of touch DIY book activity - Preschool Toolkit

4. Insert rings into the holes. 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.

By making the textured pieces slightly smaller than the pages it is easy to loop the rings through the holes.

Kids can help put this touch and feel book together by exploring options to glue on the pages, and cutting and gluing the textured pieces they choose for the book.

 Sense of touch DIY book activity - Preschool Toolkit

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

A book with a different texture on each page promotes observation, discovery and discussion.

Introduce words like scratchy, wiggly, spongy. Provide prompts such as:

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


Explore the sense of touch with these 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



Visit our Sensory board on Pinterest for sensory activities you can easily provide at home or in the classroom.


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