1. Take the shoebox and cut
an opening (door) at one of the small
ends. Making sure that this opening
is big enough for a hand to reach
inside, but not so big that you can
see what is inside the box.
2. If the opening feels rough you
may want to cover the roughness with
some masking tape to make it smooth.
This is where little hand will be
reaching in to have a good feel around
3. You could place a cloth curtain
on the side that you have made the
door so that none of the objects can
be seen from the door opening.
4. Place the items inside your shoebox.
This is where you can decide how you
would like to make your box up. Either
by just placing the items inside or
you may decide that you would like
to fasten (tack) some/all of the items
in place with tape or glue.
Some options to consider are: dangle
a few stringy bits from the lid so
that they may feel like cobwebs or
creepy crawlies, position a few items
on the walls, glue flat items to the
bottom and have several loose items
that can be picked up and felt to
figure out what it is..
5. Put the lid back on the shoe box
and place the rubber band around the
box to help keep the lid on (optional).
You are ready for your first brave
6. Secure the blind fold in place
(the blind fold is optional). By using
a blind fold the person will become
more aware of his/her sense of touch
and it makes it more exciting for
the person who is reaching in to touch
7. Place the shoebox on a flat table
top and help guide your first hand
into the opening and start the stop
8. See how many of the items each
person can identify by writing them
down on a piece of paper and watch
their reactions change as they feel
9. Optional - Use a stop clock
to give a certain amount of time for
each participant to make it a fair
test. Give a pencil and paper for
them to record what they have felt
or write it down for them.
Shoebox with curtain
Lid with items suspended
Door cut out
Another view of door with handle
Selection of items
Same selected items
Different view of items
Spring, cotton & cut up plastic
on how you are conducting your experiment;
-You may have one
person at a time in the room.
-You may have the
whole group in the room at the same
time. Make sure that each person does
not shout out any of the items felt
- you don’t want it to be spoilt
for the others.
-As each person
finishes, take out a few of the items
and replace with different items.
-You may take notes
as to what each person guessed, how
many they got right or how many they
-You may want to
write down all the different reactions
-You could ask question
such as 'What textures?' 'What temperature?'
'Did you find it difficult?' 'Was
Give it a
go, include some interesting objects
to make it exciting and have loads
You may decide
that you would like to decorate your
box on the outside to make it look
attractive (as this is an experiment
that you may want to keep and replace
the items inside occasionally for
fun with groups of children).