Learning About Soft and Rough with Velcro

I’m always looking for different ways to mix sensory play with learning.  Texture provides a great sensory input that improves memory, and this Velcro activity is one of our favorites because the materials reinforce the concept.  Both sides of a Velcro are perfect for kids to feel the difference between rough and smooth and therefore truly comprehend the associated Chinese characters.Velcro activity

Important vocabulary:

  • (ruǎn / soft)
  • 柔软的 (róuruǎn de / soft)
  • 粗 (cū / rough, coarse)
  • 粗糙 (cūcāo / rough, coarse)

Velcro activity

What you need:

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  1. Velcro dots
  2. Scissors
  3. Block character template (free download in simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese)
  4. Pen

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.

Velcro activity

What to do:

  1. Print out templates on color paper to give contrast to Velcro
  2. Write 软 and 粗 on the template so child can see the normal appearance of the characters
  3. Tape soft pieces on template
  4. Tape rough pieces on template
  5. Feel the contrast of both characters.
  6. 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 and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram and Facebook. 


If your child likes sensory learning, I highly recommend the following Chinese activities:


Happy learning, friends!


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