We don’t just have to use our hands to sense different things - we can use lots of different parts of our bodies. Today, we can investigate feelings through our feet by creating a sensory floor, and develop our gross-motor movement as a result.
What to do
You will need different materials to place on the floor, and tape to stick them down (for example: bubble wrap, tin foil, sticky plastic). Place the different textures on the floor in different places around your house, and encourage the child to explore them. As they use their hands and feet to experiment with it, ask them how it might feel under their feet.
Extending the activity
This activity is designed to promote the senses, so try to include them where you can:
- What can you see?
- What can you hear?
- What can you feel? You can also vary how your child interacts with the different floors - encouraging them to crawl, jump, run and walk over the floors to compare the different effects they have on the senses. For older children, you can use comparative language - such as asking how one floor might be different to another, or asking if they can use any descriptive words (sticky, bumpy, etc).
- Moving and Handling:
- Experiments with different ways of moving.
- Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking
- Runs safely on whole foot.
- Language and Vocabulary Development:
- Words related to movement: jump, crawl, walk, run, touch, pat, stand on.
- Words to describe: sticky, bumpy, soft, shiny.