Teach Your Child About Colors, Shapes, And Textures With A Homemade Sensory Board

Teach your young child about colors, shapes, and textures by creating a sensory board for them to play with. After you have made the board, encourage your child to explore the items that are displayed across it. Describe each one to your child. Your child will learn about the characteristics of each item, which will help them excel when they begin preschool.  


  • thin piece of plywood
  • hand sander
  • sandpaper
  • latex spray paint
  • face mask
  • vinyl tarp
  • ruler
  • foam letters and numbers
  • carpet remnants
  • various types of fabric
  • stencils
  • fabric pen
  • scissors
  • craft glue
  • stickers

Sand And Paint The Plywood

Purchase a piece of plywood that is small enough for your child to comfortably handle. Sand its surface with a hand sander that has a piece of fine grit sandpaper attached to it. Move the sander with the grain of the wood. After the plywood's surface is smooth, wipe it off with a lint-free cloth to remove any residue. Place the plywood on a flat surface that is covered with a vinyl tarp. Put on a face mask so that you do not breathe in the paint's fumes. Spray an even coat of latex paint across one side of the plywood. Wait a few hours for the paint to dry. 

Attach Items To The Painted Side

Use a ruler to space items out evenly across the painted side of the plywood. Attach foam letters and numbers to the wooden surface with craft glue. Use a fabric pen to trace different stencil shapes on carpet remnants and fabric scraps. Cut each design out and attach them to the plywood with glue. Adhere brightly-colored stickers to the plywood's surface that depict various shapes, as well. Wait the recommended amount of time for the wood glue to dry.

Describe The Items On The Board To Your Child

Show your child the board and allow them to touch each item that is attached to it. Ask them questions about each one that they explore and give them positive reinforcement when they use words that clearly describe them. Discuss the different shapes, colors, and textures that are displayed.

After your child plays with the board on several occasions, they will gain confidence about each item that you have taught them about. The skills that they master will be useful to your child when they begin preschool, and they may retain interest in the lessons that they are taught during class time.