How perceptive is our sense of touch?
Children’s bodies are undergoing constant change. By getting to know their own bodies better, these changes can be less mysterious, and a child who is in tune with their body can use their senses as tools to explore the world around them. This activity helps kids explore their sense of touch.
Straighten out enough paper clips for the whole group.
Ask your students what part of their body senses “touch”. Do all parts of their body “feel” things the same way? Are some parts more or less sensitive than others?
Can you figure out if all parts of your skin sense touch the same, or if different parts sense it differently?
When every child has tested their skin, bring students together to share their observations with each other. Was anything surprising? How close were the paper clips when it felt like just 1? Do they think they’d get the same results on different parts of their body? This discussion should last about 5 minutes.
Have them repeat the experiment on different parts of their bodies and record the results. The Senser should choose which parts of his or her body are tested.