This activity is designed to help infants 6-9 months old expand their sense of touch insha'Allah. They will also have an opportunity to work on their motor skills insha'Allah, as they touch the different textures with their fingers. The infant also works on hand-eye coordination as he/she directs his/her hand to the square containing the texture patch. The activity also provides an opportunity to begin introducing vocabulary words that identify textures, (i.e. smooth, rough, etc.) insha'Allah. This book was given to a one year old and they seemed to enjoy it too alhamdulillah.
The little book is called: Where Is My Prayer Rug? and the middle of each prayer rug has a patch of material that is a different texture.
The Front Cover
Scratchy/Rough page close-up
Shiny page close-up
To make the book you will need:
- glue stick and liquid glue
- scissors and an Xacto knife
- 6 4x6 flashcards or cardstock cut to fit
- various materials that are different textures and safe to be touched by infants
Materials with different textures (aluminum foil, sandpaper, velvet, towel, and photoalbum page with plastic)
Simply cut out the book pages, then, using the Xacto knife, cut the center of each prayer rug out insha'Allah. With a pencil, make a light mark on the index card to show where the center of the prayer rug will be when you glue the page to the index card insha'Allah. Cut the textured material into a square that will be large enough to fill the space of the cut out square of the prayer rug insha'Allah. Glue it onto the index card. Line up the book page with the texture square and glue the book page onto the index card. Allow to dry insha'Allah. Once all pages have dried, staple the pages together to make the book insha'Allah.