|Posted by Susan Armstrong on December 28, 2010 at 9:13 AM|
A variety of perceptual activity ideas:
1) Visual discrimination:
A) Over & under- Hold a toy under table, then hold it over table
B) Thick & thin- Use self-slicing bologna; Cut some thick, cut some thin. See and discuss difference between them.
C) Small, Smaller & Smallest- A set of nesting dolls are small, smaller, smallest. Can switch it up to also discuss small, medium and large items
2) Auditory discrimination:
A) Shaking sounds- Make home-made shakers using toilet paper rolls, rice, beans, or other small objects to fill.
B) Musical sounds- Play a variety of musical sounds from CD or from actual instruments. Have children discuss the variations of sounds.
C) Bottles sounds- Have different sizes and types of bottles. Make different sounds by blowing in the top of bottles or tapping an item on top.
3) Tactile discrimination:
A) Texture- Create texture boxes; line inside of boxes with different materials (one side sandpaper, cotton balls, felt material and bark for example) to compare
B) Hard & soft- Use variety of materials, like tissues, rocks, cotton balls, wood blocks to compare weights and textures.
C) Ooblek- Make Ooblek (cornstarch& warm water) which has the consistency of both a liquid and a solid.
4) Taste discrimination:
A) Sweet, salty & sour foods- Have a variety of each type of food for tasting and comparing
B) Sweet and salty peanuts- Have both types of peanuts available to compare tastes and textures.
C) Cooked or raw foods- Compare the same food cooked and raw ( have cooked potato and raw potato to compare)
5) Smell discrimination:
A) Identify by smell- Hide fragrant items in paper bag, have children smell it to see if they can guess what it is by it’s smell
B) Outside changes- Talk about the way things smell outside on a pretty day; after it rains, smell the air outside and discuss the differences.
C) Green leaf, brown leaf- Go out for a nature walk, pick up some green leaves and brown leaves. Sort the two types of leaves, have children smell the differences. Are there any?
6) Kinesthetic discrimination:
A) Uphill, downhill- Jog or run uphill and jog or run downhill
B) Upper hand- lower hand throwing- Throw one way then the other, note differences
C) See saw- Go up and go down on see saw