This activity gives the child an opportunity to explore a variety of tactile media and develop his/her stereognosis sense.
Fill up a large container or a bucket with beans, rice, macaroni, sand, or birdseeds (you can mix a few media together if you wish to).
Let the child put his/her hands in the container and pour, sift or move the media from side to side.
When using bird seeds it is recommended to powder the child’s hands with some baby powder to keep the birdseeds from sticking to the palms of the hands.
Mixing small plastic shapes, plastic letters and numbers, small plastic animals and any other educationally related items in the media can be a fun way for the child to develop his/her stereognosis sense.