How to create a sensory board with natural elements

Learn how to create a sensory board with natural elements with Andrea Conde.

A sensory board or panel is a tactile tool that incorporates different materials and surfaces to offer people the opportunity to explore and experience different sensations through touch. 

These panels can include a variety of textures found in nature, from smooth and rough to rugged and silky, providing a multi-sensory experience that aims to foster connection with nature, stimulate curiosity and promote greater sensory awareness.

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To create a texture sensory board you need the following materials:

  • MDF wood or cardboard of 36 x 24 cm. 
  • Pencil 
  • Rule 
  • Glue 
  • Natural elements

Below we present the steps to make a sensory board:

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Planning and design:

  • Select a base that is resistant and easy to handle. We recommend using MDF wood or cardboard with the following measurements: 36 x 24 cm; so is easier to manipulate.
  • Divide the board according to the number of materials to be used; for example, if we have 6 materials, the board will be divided into 6 equal squares.

Eligiendo texturas naturales.
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Choice of natural textures:

  • Collect a variety of materials from nature such as tree bark, different types of stones, seashells, dry leaves, fruits, sand, among others.
  • Choosing elements that inspire us and that we enjoy is important. It is even possible to add aromatic plants such as lavender or mint.

Fijación de texturas.
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Texture fixation:

  • Distribute the textures in an organized manner to facilitate exploration. You can group them by type or level of roughness.
  • Adhere each texture to the board using glue.

Fotografía: Mariana Trujillo