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Explore with your senses: Touch

 

Are you ready to get in touch with your inner sensory explorer? That’s perfect, ‘cause we’re exploring with our senses! We’ve already looked into the fun ways we can play with and test our senses of sight, sound and smell. If you missed them, check them out here!

This week, we’re continuing our journey through the senses with the super sense of touch. Our sense of touch is amazing, and we feel so many sensations on a daily basis – whether it’s the weight of a warm coat, the wind whistling through our fingers or, of course, the feel of the ground underfoot while tiptoeing past a den full of enemy spies! We use our sense of touch all the time, even when we don’t realise it!

 

Touch - Treasure Trails

 

But there’s more to our sense of touch than we realise, and more ways we can play with it and test it out for fun! Check out our fun facts and sensory activities that will help you explore with your sense of touch.

 


Sensational facts about touch

 

There are lots of cool things you may not know about your sense of touch.

  • There are four types of touch receptor – one for detecting vibrations, one for slippage, once for when the skin stretches and one for super subtle textures (like a light touch of a feather). 
  • Parts of the human body process touch differently to others – your lips, tongue, and fingers have more touch receptors than your back or belly and are more sensitive to touch. 
  • Like your other senses, you start to lose your sense of touch as you age. It peaks in your late teens, then weakens by roughly 1% each year after that. 

 

Touch - amazing fact

 

  • The same touch can feel differently depending on the situation – that’s because your brain isn’t just tapping into the touch sensation but also the emotional context. That’s why it can feel different when you hug a close relative compared to hugging a friend or a stranger. 
  • Some people are ‘touch blind’ and can’t register the texture, shape or size of objects by touch alone. However, some still register the emotional effects of contact from a loved one. 

 

But what about touch in the rest of nature?

 

Animals rely on their sense of touch for a lot more than we do, including navigating and communicating!

  • While whiskers on animals don’t technically feel anything, they can be used to detect movement and texture, amongst other things, through vibrations that travel down to the motion detectors in the hair follicle. 
  • Elephants use vibrations from stomping their feet to communicate with each other. When other elephants feel these vibrations, it may alert them to predators, reveal romantic interest or make them aware of territorial claims. 
  • It’s not just animals, though; plants can feel a touch too! The Mimosa pudica – known as the sensitive plant – folds its leaves at night and when they’re touched, while the Venus flytrap closes around its prey when it feels them crawl on its leaves. 

 

venus flytrap

 


Explore with touch at home

 

There are tonnes of ways that you can explore with your sense of touch at home, whether indoors or in your garden. Try these activities out!

 

Activity #01: That feels funny!

 

Gather several small, interestingly shaped or textured objects and place them all in a bag. Have each sensory explorer in your household reach inside the bag and feel each object, one at a time, describing what they’re touching, its texture, its shape and, eventually, what they think it is.

Ensure they don’t take the object out of the bag, forcing them to use only their sense of touch to explore the objects. The objects can only be removed at the end to show them exactly what they were describing and if they got it right.

To make it more of a challenge, you could switch to larger objects by blindfolding them and leading them around the house to explore bigger pieces, again explaining what they are feeling and what they think it is.

 

Activity #02: Smooth, soft, spiky… sensational!

 

Task your explorers to a sensory scavenger hunt around your home or garden, focussing on textures, shapes and feelings.

Write up a list of 10 objects you want to find – something hard, something soft, something light, something pointy and so on. Task them with gathering one of each object and placing them in a bag.

Once the scavenger hunt is complete, ask them to show you each item one by one, explaining how it feels and why they picked it out. You could then ask them to think of two other objects with the same texture and see what they come up with.

 

Activity #03: Get in touch with your inner artist

 

Let’s get crafty! Artwork doesn’t have to be something that’s just looked at – it’s far more fun when it contains interesting textures to explore with your hands!

Gather your craft supplies and task your sensory explorers with creating a collage. The final image can be whatever you would like, but it must feature at least three different textures. You could use crinkled crepe paper, 3D glue drawings, salt or sand art, pasta shapes, pom poms, googly eyes… whatever your imaginations feel like!

If your craft supplies are limited to paint and paper, and you don’t mind getting a bit messy, then finger painting is a great alternative! You can experience the feeling of the paint on your fingers and how different pressured touches can create different lines on the paper.

 

Finger painting

 


What a puzzling sense…touch!

 

For touch, your puzzle involves working out who at TT Towers got their mucky mitts on the cookie jar! Simply match the fingerprint found on the jar to identify the cookie thief. Good luck!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED, but you can still solve the puzzle just for fun! Find the answer below…

 

Touch Puzzle

 

 

Puzzle answer

 

 


Make ’em laugh!

 

Touch joke

 


Gently feel around for booby traps like the ace adventurer you are on a Treasure Trail!

 

Now that you’ve challenged yourselves to some fun sensory activities, it’s time to test your sense of touch on your local Trail adventure! Use it to keep a firm grip on your top-secret notes, so enemy agents don’t pinch them, to feel around for vital evidence and to stay aware of the perilous terrain beneath your feet as you trek through uncharted areas.

But, while you’re out and about, try to stay conscious of everything you’re feeling at the different textures that surround you – you don’t even need to physically touch them to experience them! Whether it’s smooth petals and leaves, engraved plaques, or rushing water by the sea or river. Wait… do you feel that rumbling? A booby trap has been triggered!

 

 

Explore with your senses - Touch

 


We’ll be in touch for more fun with your senses!

 

We’ll be continuing to explore with our senses next week when we’ll be looking into taste. Keep your eyes on your inbox or follow this link to find out what’s coming up soon!

 

 


Competition T&Cs – Senses Puzzles

  • There are five prizes of a Treasure Trails Voucher available, one for each of five puzzles: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste.
  • Open to UK residents, excluding employees and associates of Treasure Trails.
  • Entry is via the submission form on each of the five senses pages only.
  • All valid entries will be looked at and winning entries chosen by the team at Treasure Trails.
  • Closing date for entries is 11:59pm on Monday 29th March 2021
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • One entry per household, per puzzle is permitted.
  • The winners will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date.
  • The winners names will be available on request and may be published on our website.
  • The prize is non-transferable, and no monetary alternative will be offered.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The promoter is Armstrong Best Ltd t/a Treasure Trails, Truro.
  • By participating in this competition, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.

15th March 2021

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Explore with your senses: Smell

 

Have you caught the scent of adventure? That’s ‘cause we’re exploring with our senses! We’ve already looked into the fun ways we can play with and test our senses of sight and sound. If you missed them, check them out here!

This week, we’re continuing our journey through the senses with the super sense of smell. Our sense of smell is amazing, and we pick up so many scents on a daily basis – whether it’s waking up to smell the coffee in the morning, absorbing all the scents of the outdoors on our daily walks or, of course, sniffing down the trail of the crafty crook on a Treasure Trail. We use our hearing all the time when we’re awake… and it even helps us to taste too!

 

Smell - Treasure Trails

 

But there’s more to our sense of smell than we realise, and more ways we can play with it and test it out for fun! Check out our fun facts and sensory activities that will help you explore with your sense of smell.

 


Sensational facts about smell

 

There are lots of cool things you may not know about your nose and sense of smell.

  • In 2014, scientists discovered that the human nose can detect one trillion scents!
  • Our sense of smell is closely linked to our memory. We accurately remember scents more than we can remember things we’ve seen, heard, tasted or touched. Also, smells can actually trigger our memory; that’s why when you smell ice cream, you may suddenly remember a trip to the seaside as a child. 
  • Our sense of smell is unique. Everyone has their own unique scent – almost like a fingerprint – with the only exception being identical siblings. We also smell things differently, so something that smells lovely to you may smell awful to the next person. 

 

Smell - amazing fact

 

  •  Our sense of smell tends to decrease as we get older, peaking at our late teens. However, there are times where it is boosted – during the spring and summer when there is more moisture in the air, after exercise, during pregnancy etc. 
  • Some people have no sense of smell at all, which is called anosmia. It could be worse, though. If you have cacosmia, you only smell really nasty scents – even freshly baked bread or a bunch of flowers will smell horrid. 

 

But what about sound in the rest of nature?

 

Animals rely on their sense of smell for a lot more than we do, including tracking predators and prey.

  • Animals have their own favourite smells. Cats love the smell of valerian and, of course, catnip. Lion’s have their own version of catnip, too – peppermint and lavender! 
  • It’s believed that bears have the best sense of smell of any land animal. Black bears can smell food that’s 18-20 miles away, while polar bears can smell a seal through three feet of ice and have been known to detect their prey when it’s over 40 miles away! 

 

Bear

 


Explore with scents at home

 

There are tonnes of ways that you can explore with your sense of smell at home, whether indoors or in your garden. Try these activities out!

 

Activity #01: Get a whiff of this!

 

Spring is springing, sensory explorers! What better time to stop and smell the roses… Well, daffodils at any rate!

Take a minute, whether in your garden or on a daily walk to a park or green space, to take a step back and take in all the natural scents of the great outdoors. Once the minute is over, try to figure out which smells came from where and point them out. How many distinct scents did you notice? Were they subtle or strong? Did any smell sweet?

If you’ve got a sensory garden in your local area, try heading there instead! They’re designed to stimulate several senses and the same time, not just your sense of smell.

 

Activity #02: Something smells suspicious…

 

Now that you’ve fine-tuned your noses, it’s time for a game! Gather your household and have each member secretly pick out three things in your house that emit an odour.

Then, you’ll need to take it in turns to test each other’s sense of smell. Have everyone else in the household be blindfolded, then present the three smells one at a time to see whether they can figure out what they are!

CAUTION: You’ll need to have an adult sensory explorer check that all of the scents are suitable for smelling before you hold the blindfold tests. Please read any warnings on packages and ignore chemical-based scents.

 

Activity #03: Your creativity nose no bounds!

 

Let’s get crafty! Did you know you can make your own sweet-smelling scents right at home? Play around with some pretty scent combinations and make your own potpourri! You can use flowers, fruits or spices to create bowls full of creative scents to make your home even more welcoming. Take a peek at these ideas and instructions.

If potpourri isn’t quite your thing, why not try making your own essential oils? Pick out your favourite smelling plants – lavender, rosemary and mint work really well – then follow these instructions to create your bespoke essential oil.

 

smelling nature

 


What a puzzling sense…smell!

 

For smell, your puzzle requires you to brave the stench as you navigate our fishy maze! So, nose pegs at the ready, explorers… take a deep breath, and off you go! We hope to see you on the other side.

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED, but you can still solve the puzzle just for fun! Find the answers below…

 

TT Smell puzzle

 

 

 

Puzzle answer

 

 


Make ’em laugh!

 

Explorer Joke Time

 


Sniff out the evidence like a truly scent-sational sleuth on a Treasure Trail!

 

Now that you’ve challenged yourselves to some fun sensory activities, it’s time to test your sense of smell on your local Trail adventure! Use it to pick up the scent the culprit may have left behind, sniff out any potential booby traps and get a whiff off anything amiss on your top-secret mission. 

But, while you’re out and about, try to stay conscious of everything your nose is picking up. Enjoy the aroma of more stunning flowers in the green spaces or the salty sea air on a coastal route; try not to get distracted when solving a Clue outside a bakery… wait, what’s that scent? The sweet smell of victory, of course – you cracked the case!

 

 

Get exploring with Treasure Trails

 


Keep your nose to the ground for more fun with your senses!

 

We’ll be continuing to explore with our senses next week when we’ll be looking into touch. Keep your eyes on your inbox, or follow this link to discover what’s coming up soon!

 

 


Competition T&Cs – Senses Puzzles

  • There are five prizes of a Treasure Trails Voucher available, one for each of five puzzles: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste.
  • Open to UK residents, excluding employees and associates of Treasure Trails.
  • Entry is via the submission form on each of the five senses pages only.
  • All valid entries will be looked at and winning entries chosen by the team at Treasure Trails.
  • Closing date for entries is 11:59pm on Monday 29th March 2021
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • One entry per household, per puzzle is permitted.
  • The winners will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date.
  • The winners names will be available on request and may be published on our website.
  • The prize is non-transferable, and no monetary alternative will be offered.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The promoter is Armstrong Best Ltd t/a Treasure Trails, Truro.
  • By participating in this competition, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.

8th March 2021

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