Thermic Tablets

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Thermic Tablets
Sensorial - Sense of Temperature
Thermic Tablets 5.JPG
Age3 - 5
PrerequisitesRough and Smooth Boards
Touch Tablets
Materialsset of thermic tablets

This activity helps the child develop their sense of temperature.


  1. Carry the material to a mat or table. Set the box in the upper right corner of the work-space.
    Thermic Tablets 1.JPG
  2. Remove the tablets from the box one at a time in mixed up order. Place them in a stack in the center of the work-space.
    Thermic Tablets 2.JPG
  3. The child can put on a blindfold at this point or close their eyes.
  4. Take the tablet from the top of the stack and touch it to your cheek to feel how warm it is.
    Thermic Tablets 3.JPG
  5. Set the first tablet below the stack.
    Thermic Tablets 4.JPG
  6. Select the next thermic tablet from the stack and hold it your other cheek to compare the two.
    Thermic Tablets 5.JPG
  7. If the second one does not match, set it to the right side of the stack.
    Thermic Tablets 6.JPG
  8. When a match is found, place the pair in the upper left corner of the work-space.
    Thermic Tablets 7.JPG
  9. Return the unmatched tablets to the stack.
    Thermic Tablets 8.JPG
  10. Repeat this process until all the tablet have been matched.
    Thermic Tablets 9.JPG

Points of Interest

  • the blindfold
  • touching the materials to their cheek

Control of Error

The tablets look different. After the child has matched the tablets by touch, they can look to see if the tablets match.

Variations and Extensions


Pairs of tablets made of: glass, cork, slate, felt, wood, metal

Make Your Own

Where to Buy

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