Touch the Fabrics



There are several boxes containing two of each of a variety of fabrics
cut in the same sized squares. Include all the basic fibers - silk, linen,
velvet, muslin, satin, wool, and cotton. Also include some man made
materials. There should be six pairs of materials per box. There are so
many materials that more than one box will be needed. Each pair of
fabrics is a different color or pattern.



1) Development and refinement of the tactile sense.
2) An awareness and appreciation of fabrics and observation of
fabrics used by man.


2 1/2 to 5 years


Visual, by color and pattern


The teacher selects two or three of the most contrasting fabrics
from the point of view of touch. Linen and cotton, for example,
are too much alike and therefore would be too difficult to begin
with. Velvet, book muslin and serge are very different. The
teacher takes two to three pairs to the child's table, leaving the
other pairs in the box and mixes the chosen pairs on the table.
The teacher shows the child how to feel the fabric lightly with his or her
finger tips and between his finger and thumb, as one usually feels
materials. The teacher allows the child to feel each piece and lets him or her
pair them by feel, placing the matched pieces together one piece
on top of another.
Next the teacher encourages the child to feel and pair the fabrics with 
eyes shut or with a blindfold over his or her eyes. After the child has done 3
pairs, the teacher gives the child the whole box.



The child pairs the fabrics by touch. When the child has paired the materials, he or she takes the blindfold off. The child can see by the color if the pairs are matched correctly, as two of the same color are always the same material.



The names of the fabrics


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