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

Posted on July 14th, 2017

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.
Xanet Scheepers

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Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.