Make your own touch-and-feel book to help develop your little one’s sense of touch

On a tight budget? You don’t need expensive gadgets and books to stimulate your baby’s senses. We show you how to make your own touch-and-feel book at home. By Noeleen Foster

Make your own touch-and-feel book

Your little one might not be old enough to read yet, but babies love to reach and grab anything within reach. Touch-and-feel books are a great way to introduce your little one to the world of books.

SEE: The importance of touch

You don’t have to spend hundreds of rands at the book store – you can make your own touch-and-feel book at home.

You will need:

  • A couple of sheets of white board (the thicker the better)
  • Different types of fabric
  • Feathers
  • Wool
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Clear adhesive

To make the touch-and-feel book you will need

How to:

  • You can use a hand-print printable, or simply trace your toddler’s hand.
  • Create a word document to print the “wording” from your own computer or write by hand, “My hand can feel: soft, hard, scratchy, fluffy, soft, smooth, furry,”
  • For the simple fabrics you can cut out or trace a hand and paste it into position on the printed hand.
  • For the wool/furry hand, start by gluing small sections at a time.

Furry hand

  • For the feather/fluffy hand, cut up a few feathers, cover the hand in the clear adhesive and gently push down on your feathers so that they stick down.
  • You can blow or pat your page to get rid of excess.
  • Once all your pages are complete, take your book to your nearest stationary store and have it and ring-bound with a plastic cover for a minimal fee.

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