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Fill a bowl, tub, or any other container with whole flax seeds. Fill the container with water until the seeds are completely covered. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. The seeds will become slimy and sticky. Let your child explore the texture! Some children will love the texture, while others will recoil. If they don’t like the texture, let them know that is alright and suggest another activity.
These books integrate touch and texture and are wonderful tools for continuing to explore the senses, and also for preparing your child to read. Even though they may not be able to follow a story, speak, or turn a page, touching the pages of a book exposes them to the written language and to reading. This is called “print awareness” and is an essential early literacy skill they can develop as babies.
Visit the board book section of your local library for more touch and feel books!
You can use flax seeds as a spring board to talk about seeds, plants, and gardening.
Young children learn best through touch; this is why babies tend to put everything in their mouths! They are using their sense of touch to gain information about the world around them. Encouraging older children to play with slimy textures allows them to solidify their vocabulary (can you truly know the meaning of the word slimy if you’ve never touched anything slimy?), which is why it is important to talk to your child while they are playing. Ask them, “how does it feel?” “do you like it?” “what do you think it feels like?”