As little ones grow up, they recognise different foods by texture.

Being able to hold ingredients + finger foods is important for their development too.

Did you know...

...that when babies are born they already have a fairly good sense of touch? Explore a variety of touchy feely sensations, such as stroking, bouncing + tickling, as different babies like different things! As well as scrummy foods, you can experiment with different materials like chiffon, satin + velvet or tissue paper. Waft them over your baby’s face, rub them against little ones’ cheeks or let them explore materials with their hands.

How to encourage sense of touch

Explore a variety of touchy feely sensations, such as stroking, bouncing + tickling, as different babies like different things!

Babies + toddlers learn from copying those around them, so show them how much fun feeling all the different fruits + veggies can be, describing the different textures as you feel them!

Different touchy feely textures

Encourage your baby to touch the following foods to excite their sense of touch:

  • bumpy avocado
  • furry kiwi
  • knobbly ginger
  • smooth pepper
  • squishy raspberry
  • slippery banana
Touch textures sensory game

Play guess the touch

Try this game with older little ones - from age 3 years

  1. Put some food or objects into a cup or bowl
  2. Cover it with a cloth
  3. Let your little one have a feel + guess what it is
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Claire Baseley

Infant nutritionist / Makes Ella's Good

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