Tactile: Activities all ages

Specific Activities:

The following strategies are suitable for most students, particularly those with sensory difficulties. Each strategy can be adapted to complement the students’ curriculum and individualised education plan. Remember, these are just a few examples of sensory strategies that can be incorporated into various classroom lessons and activities.


  • Rubbing different textures against the skin
  • Rolling over different textured surfaces
  • Handling different textured objects e.g. rough and smooth numbers, letters or shapes
  • Handling pets
  • Feely box – a box with different textured objects or different shaped objects inside

Water Play

  • Pouring and measuring using different textured receptacles
  • Creating patterns on the ground using wet brushes, wet sponges or squeeze bottles filled with water
  • Experimenting with different temperatures, room temperature or slightly warm water, cold water and ice
  • Adding objects to water to see what happens e.g. sand, glitter, stones, paper etc.
  • Trying to make an object float by making a floating device out of different materials

Messy Play

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Finger painting
  • Papier mache

Oral Motor Activities

  • Licking stickers
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Drinking through straws or out of sports bottles
  • Chewing chew toys or sweets