My kids love sensory play, and I’m always thinking of ways to mix in Chinese learning. Chinese characters can be hard to remember, but texture gives extra sensory input which in turn can help your memory. This Velcro activity is one of our favorites for learning new Chinese words and also teaching kids Chinese stroke order.
Both sides of a Velcro are perfect for kids to feel the difference between rough and smooth. It’s a wonderful way to learn the Chinese words 软 and 粗!
- 软 (ruǎn / soft)
- 柔软的 (róuruǎn de / soft)
- 粗 (cū / rough, coarse)
- 粗糙 (cūcāo / rough, coarse)
What you need:
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- Velcro dots
- Block character template (free download in simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese)
Please note that I used Velcro tape as shown in the photos. While Velcro tape is more cost-effective, it was a big pain to cut and cause adhesive buildup on the scissor. If you prefer to use Velcro tape, I recommend cleaning the scissor with an adhesive remover.
What to do:
- Print out templates on color paper to give contrast to Velcro
- Write 软 and 粗 on the template so child can see the normal appearance of the characters
- Tape soft pieces on 软 template
- Tape rough pieces on 粗 template
- Feel the contrast of both characters.
- For those who are learning how to write, you can add arrows to indicate 笔画 (bǐ huà / stroke order) and ask your child to use his or her finger to trace stroke in the correct order.
Here’s a video of my daughter tracing 软 following 笔画!
If you try this Velcro activity, let us know! Leave a comment in the comments below!
If your child likes sensory learning, I highly recommend the following Chinese activities:
- How To Set Up Sensory Writing Trays With Salt Or Sand
- How To Use Puffy Paint To Make Tactile Chinese And Korean Letters!
- Writing 棉球 with Pom Poms