Feel 'n Peel Sheets: Carousel of Textures
An assortment of sheets in a variety of textures and colors that can be used in numerous ways by teachers, parents, students, and adults.
- Adapt games, puzzles, or storybooks (commercial or personally designed)
- Make textured worksheets, bar graphs, pie charts, etc., for math, science, or social studies classes
- Construct texture and/or color matching cards and shapes. For example, the translucent textured sheets (without adhesive applied) can be used to make matching cards for use with a light box
- Use as areal/fill patterns in collage tactile graphic displays and maps
- Use for classroom art activities
- Construct tactile shapes, numbers, or letters
- Label/mark personal belongings
- Make tactile stickers of various shapes
- Use as tactile marking mats for coloring activities
Note: The textured sheets included in Carousel of Textures are not intended for thermoforming purposes.
- Translucent Rough Vinyl Sheets (non-adhesive backed) in blue, red, green, yellow, clear
- Translucent Bumpy Vinyl Sheets (non-adhesive backed) in blue, red, green, yellow, clear
- Corrugated Sheets (non-adhesive backed) in red, blue, purple, dark green, light green, orange, yellow, and pink
- Craft Foam Sheets (adhesive backed) in red, white, black, yellow, green, and blue
- Foam Glitter Sheets (non-adhesive backed) in gold and silver
- Velour Sheets (adhesive backed) in green, blue, white, black, and red
- Vivelle® Sheets (adhesive backed) in gray, lilac, blue, green, yellow, brown, orange, pink, and red
- Double-Backed Adhesive Sheets (apply to back of non-adhesive backed sheets)
- 1 Package of Sticky Dots™ Adhesive
- Storage/Carrying Box
- Suggested Uses Sheet, Large Print
- Suggested Uses Sheet, Braille
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Small Parts (if cut from full size sheets). Not intended for children ages 5 and under without adult supervision.
- Grade Level:
- P and Up
Feel 'n Peel Sheets: a Carousel of Textures
Article excerpt from the field by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI
Originally published in the Fred's Head from APH Blog .
The other day, I met with one of my favorite early-childhood specialists, Michelle. We discussed how one of our young visually impaired students was becoming less responsive to interaction. When asked for her hands, she would often recoil and frown.
“What can we do?” Michelle asked, “And why has she suddenly begun to dislike contact?” I considered the possibility that she may be increasingly aware of her surroundings. By noticing more sounds, textures, and perhaps even processing more things visually, the variety and intensity of the sensations were causing her to withdraw. This phenomenon can be an overwhelming experience for some children.
Not long after this discussion with my colleague, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very appropriate item waiting for me at my cubicle. There in my chair sat a box labeled Feel ’n Peel Sheets: Carousel of Textures.
To say that I was ecstatic as I tore open the box would be an understatement. Each box comes packed with an assortment of sheets of varying textures and colors. The translucent “rough” vinyl sheets, translucent “bump” vinyl sheets, corrugated sheets, craft foam sheets, foam glitter (my favorite), velour, vivelle with adhesive backs, and double-backed adhesive sheets in various colors including: red, blue, purple, dark green, light green, orange, yellow, pink, lilac, brown, and gray.
Below, I have listed a few activities that can be enhanced by the Carousel of Textures. Be creative, have fun and watch as your students enjoy these adaptive materials that allow children to differentiate and classify the variations in their surroundings.
For early childhood-kindergarten:
Use the felt side on the ALL-In-One Board after placing the adhesive backed vivelle sheet on the back of different textures from the kit. I place my students hand on the different textures and verbalize “soft”, “scratchy”, “smooth”, “bumpy”, etc.
When teaching colors to younger children, their favorite foods can often be a wonderful instructional aid. For example, use the smell and taste of a banana as an association to the color yellow. Have the toddler touch the textured (bumpy) yellow sheet and smell a banana while you verbalize the color yellow and the word “bumpy”.
Cut the texture sheets into shapes and apply the scent that commonly represents each color.
Make a textured mat and allow the child to explore.
Play “same” and “different.” In my experience children enjoy matching similar textures, smells, and colors.
For elementary ages: grades 1-3:
Use The Game Kit from APH (also one of my favorites) and place textures around the board. If a child lands on a bumpy texture he must go back to the start. If she or he lands on a smooth texture they may advance four spaces, etc.
While in a classroom setting, make a bar graph using the different textures, then take a poll of the students’ favorite flavors of jellybeans and have the graph reflect the results of the poll. To reinforce the bar graph, read the amazing book Jelly Bean Jungle, also available through APH.
Play “Word Play/Texture Day” by applying Dolch Word Cards (available from APH) to the back of different textures. Children will feel two bumpy cards and turn them over to view words on the other side. This game is similar to playing the Memory Game. If the cards have the same word on them, the student may keep the two cards, but if the words are different they must put them back where they were.
Have students make a puzzle by cutting out shapes from a texture sheet and putting it back together again.
Read the book from APH Bumpy Rolls Away. This activity is great for both tracking practice and understanding textures.
Place the textures onto different objects and ask the child to sort the objects according to the texture and or color. For example, put a scratchy texture on the outside of a coffee can. The student will feel various objects on the table in front of them and place all the scratchy objects into the can. Repeat for each type of texture.
Cook with different types of textures from any recipe. Ask the student to identify each ingredient according to their texture and place them beside the texture they match.
The world is full of textures, colors, smells, and tastes that are there for our enjoyment, and as Dr. Virginia Bishop once said, “If you can’t bring the child to the world, bring the world to the child.”
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