Science KS1 / KS2: Using our sense of touch to identify objects

All mammals use their senses to collect information about the world around them.

Dr Brain sets a challenge to his assistants to see if they can identify objects using just their sense of touch.

When a mammal, like us, touches something, the nerves under their skin send messages to their brains so they can decide how something feels.

Can the Mad Lab team identify the mystery objects without seeing them?

This short film is from the BBC series, Ultimate Brain: Mad Lab.

Teacher Notes

You could use this short film to demonstrate how pupils might use different adjectives to describe how things feel.

Pupils could then feel a range of different materials in class and discuss different ways of describing how they feel.

Curriculum Notes

These short films are suitable for teaching science at Key Stage 1 and 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and First and Second Level in Scotland.

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