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Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes...and Hands, Fingers and Back

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Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes...and Hands, Fingers and Back

Are fingers the only place on the body where we use our sense of touch? In this activity (6th activity on the page), learners test the touch sensitivity of different parts of the body. One learner closes their eyes (or uses a blindfold), while another learner touches various items (like a tennis ball, eraser, pine cone), to different parts of the person's body. The learner tries to identify the object by simply using their sense of touch.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Blindfold (optional)
  • Objects: tennis ball, eraser, candle, rock, sponge, pine cone


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Medical Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
      • Muscles and Skin
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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