Friday 25 March 2011


Montessori Activity: Hard & Soft Sensory Tub/Hard & Soft Sensory Box/Hårde og Bløde Sensoriskekasse/软硬触觉箱 [ruǎn yìng chù jué xiāng]

Age: From 1.5 year old

Activity Duration: 5-10 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes


1. To stimulate and develop the 5 senses.
2. To introduce the opposite concept of hard and soft.

1. 1 transparent storage box approx. 40 x 30 x 16cm
2. 20 pom poms or facial cotton approx.
3. 1 bag of pebbles


1. Mix them in the box.

2. Let your child touch and feel the contrasting texture of the pebbles and pom poms without saying anything.

3. Then describe the feeling, the touch and the name of the sensation to your child, for example, stones are hard and pom poms are soft.


Total cost: 35 DKK (8.40 SGD)
Pom poms: 20 DKK (4.80 SGD) including other materials in a hobby set jar
Bag of pebbles: 9 DKK (2.15 SGD) from IKEA
Storage box: 100 DKK (24 SGD) for 3 in Jysk

Additional Information:

J (2Y20D) tried this for the first time today. Not much wow factor from him though compared to pouring water activities, but he was learning the language of hard and soft from the feel of the items. I think it would have been more interesting for J, if I had introduced this to him when he was younger.



  1. Hi Elaine, I am a Sg mom residing in Sg. I stumbled upon your blog while trying to look around for montessori materials. This is such a GEM! Thanks so much for sharing such great montessori activities and materials that we can create from home. Love the details you gave right down to where we can get the materials from. Awesome! Will definitely be visiting your blog very regularly from now on. =)

  2. Thanks for this. I really like what you've posted here and wish you the best of luck with this blog and thanks for sharing. Sensory Activities for 2 year olds


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