The sense of touching, a simple project for babies

Babies learn about the world through touching. When they touch and also when they suck is how they know textures, sizes and shapes. Is through touching that some important abilities are developed: fine motor skills, object manipulation, movement planning and coordination.

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Toys and touching games help babies to explore their senses. I took advantage of my “inner teacher” and the fact that we are on vacation to reuse some materiales and create a texture mat. Below you can check the materials and the tutorial.


Matrials needed for texture mat
The little one wanting to help
  1. A piece of cloth of 24×18 inches.
  2. 6 empty wet tissues packages.
  3. Hot glue.
  4. Scissors
  5. Textures (I chose googly eyes, buttons, balloon, corrugated paper, colored cotton balls, wool and play-doh).





a. First I cut all the tops from the wet tissues packages.

Wet tissues tops were cut

b. Then, I paste each top in the piece of cloth leaving about 2 inches of space between each one. I also left a row in the bottom to add more in the future.

Paste the tops in the piece of cloth

c. After that, I paste every texture inside every top.

Textures were pasted inside the top

d. I let it dry and time to play!

The mat has 6 different textures

The experience

My baby is still in an oral stages so she wanted to suck the tops. In general however, she loves it. She still cannot open each top by herself, but she knows very well inside of them there is something she wants to explore. She also shows a lot of curiosity about touching the objects. When we use it, I sit down with her and I talk about how does the textures feel and look.

The mat is a nice project that shows how withsome simple materials we can create a stimulation game. There is also awesome toys in the market that serve the same purpose. I will leave on the links below the ones I like the most. It is relevant to note though that the most important gift is the time and attention we dedicate to our little ones.


Check out these wonderful toys:

Texture squares

Set of balls, blocks and buddies

Textured ball


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  4 comments for “The sense of touching, a simple project for babies

  1. July 11, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    oh my gosh–this is so creative!! My kids are older now, but I would have LOVED to have tried this back in the day. So cute…and inexpensive!

  2. July 11, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    This is a great idea and I love how inexpensive it is!

  3. July 13, 2018 at 4:46 am

    This is so simple but so awesome! Great job!

  4. July 13, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Great idea. It’s never too early to start exercising our babies brains.

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