Sensory Gloves are an inexpensive and easy way to help children develop language, concentration and memorization skills. Simply fill Clean Ones disposable gloves with differently textured (and/or smelling) materials and tie them off at the wrist. These gloves can be used for numerous educational activities, some of which are listed below.
For ongoing fun, keep gloves in a sensory bin for a clean, safe and easy way to encourage sensory play.
Corn Starch, Flour, Sugar, Shaving Cream, Rice, Lentils, Beans, Sand, Rice Puffs, Cotton Balls, Ice, Oil, Lotion, Pasta, Seeds, Corn Kernels, Peas, Porridge, Spaghetti
For Scent Activities: Baby Powder, Coffee Grounds/Beans, Water with Liquid Smoke, etc.
Using descriptive words such as squishy, crunchy, smooth, bumpy, rough, hard, soft, etc. have your little ones describe the textures (or smells) of each sensory glove. This will help them develop a vocabulary for their senses.
Have your kids feel the differently textured sensory gloves and ask them to guess what is in them. For an extra challenge, add a blindfold.
*For scented gloves, have them guess what is in each glove using their sense of smell.
Have your little ones guess which sensory gloves are heaviest and which are lightest. Use a kitchen scale to check their predictions.
Using grading variations such as rough to smooth, have your child arrange the sensory gloves in a row based on that scale.
Have your little ones find similarly textured sensory gloves, match them and create pairs (or piles) of similar textures.
Be sure to actively supervise young children at all times. The gloves and their contents could be a potential choking hazard. Also do not use latex gloves if you suspect your child may have an allergy, please use an alternative material like Nitrile (shown in image above).