Tactile dice game
Tactile game with 6 materials: cork, felt, sandpaper and 3 types of plastic. Throw the die, feel the material on top and try to find a disk in the bag with the same material. If you find the matching disk you may place it in your tray, try to collect all materials. Learn to recognise, compare and name various materials and develop perceptual skills.
Activity is appropriate:
- for children
- for people with a mild to advanced dementia
- as preventive activity
- as an independent activity, activity in a pair or activity in a group
Key product benefits:
- Preserves and strengthens fine motor skills
- Strengthens and preserves tactile (sensory) perceptions
- Strengthens tactile attention and concentration
- Strengthens and maintains brain plasticity
- Preserves and strengthens the sense of personal ability and competence
- Entertainment and enjoyment activity that encourages communication
The tactile game with dice allows you to identify the various materials through touch. They can be used as a fun activity with which we simultaneously strengthen sensory perceptions, fine motor skills, focus and concentration.
The use of tactile activities can have several positive effects. If we close our eyes and focus only on the sounds in the environment, we can detect the smallest noises. Similarly, when we perform tactile activities. Our senses are better at focusing on touch when our eyes are closed.
At the tip of the fingers we have over 3000 neurons or sensory receptors that are connected with different parts of the brain. This information from the environment passes through the sensory pathway to the central nervous system, where it spreads through neurons through the sensory receptors.
- Neuroplasticity is important in sensory perception, as sensory stimulation influences changes in the brain through the neural pathway. When we perform a new activity, neural connections are established by activating two neurons, creating a connection between them. With sensory training, new neural connections are created and the more we practice, the more they develop and strengthen, and we perform the exercises and tasks more and more precisely.
- Tactile information also travels to the motor area of the brain and connects with our motor movements.
By sensing geometric shapes through touch, we also strengthen fine motor skills, which also activates different parts of the brain.
- When moving your fingers, the somatosensory and motor cortex are activated, which are responsible for basic movements and adjusting the direction of movement. At tactile perceptions we use complex movements, conscious control and the coordination of movements, and we also activate our experience, knowledge, memory and visual representations of the object which we recognize through touch. Tactile stimuli travel to the brain in two ways, both brain halves are activated. The sensation of stimuli on the right side of the body is transmitted through the spinal cord to the left part of the brain and vice versa. This can be seen in people who have had a cerebral clot. If the clot has damaged the left side of the brain, the effects will be felt on the right side of the body (for example, they become less skilled with the right hand, they find it more difficult to rely on the right foot, etc.).
Since sensory receptors are associated with different parts of the brain, tactile exercises are very desirable to strengthen or maintain brain plasticity, as these abilities are also transmitted to other areas. These anatomical and physiological changes in neuroplasticity occur throughout our lives, regardless of age. Therefore, sensory training is important for maintaining our vitality and brain resilience throughout our lives.
- Typical training will enhance fine motor skills and tactile perceptions, that is, the abilities and skills that we use in dealing with objects in everyday life, for example in feeding, dressing, hygiene, household chores, telephoning, writing, etc.
- At the same time, tactile exercises maintain concentration and increase attention. Tactile attention (sensation) is associated with whether or not we can detect different types of materials through touch, sharp and dull objects, one or two point pressure on a certain part of the body, roughness, humidity, smoothness, etc.
- Tactile extinction can occur with damage to the right hemisphere of the brain. A person with this type of malfunction is more likely to perceive touch on the left side of the body. When we perform the tactile exercises, it is necessary for us to pay attention to such problems.
If we play the game as a social activity, we strengthen and preserve communication skills, social competences and promote positive self-image.
Each activity has positive effects only when it is not too easy for the person and not too demanding, so it is important to select the appropriate complexity of the activity. The principle of three keys applies to success:
- Frequency: Activity should be performed sufficiently frequently (recommended 2-3 times a week).
- Duration: more repetitions are needed over a longer period of time (2-3 months).
- Intensity: Intensively enough means that we take an active part in the activity and insist on it for a while (15, 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the individual's ability).
Contents: wooden tactile die, 4 wooden inlay trays, 24 wooden disks, manual, cotton bag (27 x 13 cm).