Press Here Book Activity

If you love sensory activities to pair with children’s books, you will LOVE this Press Here book activity!  The book, “Press Here” is a memorable one that kids adore, but when you add a fun sensory play activity that goes with the book’s themes, you’ve got a winner. It has been so much fun coming up with play and learning ideas for HaroldElmerPete, and more.  This week, we’re reading and playing with the book, “Press Here” by Herve Tullet.


Sensory play activity for the book, Press Here. From Sugar Aunts

Press Here Book Activity

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Press Here is a new book to us.  And what a fun book it is!  The bright and bold pictures, the movement and direction following, and the fun instructions made this book a huge hit in our house. 
Little Guy (age 5) is STILL talking about this book.  He loved following the directions to shake, pull, push, and move the dots and even the whole book.  We decided to put the movement into our play activity with a sensory based interpretation of this fun book.

I started with rainbow cardstock and a circle hole punch.  I punched a bunch of holes from all of the colors.  Little Guy (age 5) LOVED helping me with the hold punching.  Fun stuff!
How pretty are these colorful dots??
Add shaving cream to a container, and sprinkle in the colored dots.  Sensory play is ready for little fingers!

We pushed, pulled, and poked the dots just like in the book.  Be sure to talk about the colors while playing.  This is a great sensory bin to work on color identification.  Sensory play and learning go hand in hand, and this is a great way to learn and play.


Press Here Activities

For more Press here activities, check out the ideas listed below. Each Press Here book activity uses the concepts in the book, the fun colors of the dots, and lots of pressing! 

Check out the other Preschool Book Club bloggers for more Press Here ideas.  And be sure to watch for our next book club activity. You won’t want to miss it!
Mama. Papa. Bubba. blog: Magnetic Sensory Bag
Buggy and Buddy: Necklace Craft
Homegrown Friends: Movement Game
Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Eraser Painting
For more book-related activities based on popular children’s books, check out Exploring Books Through Play!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

Press Here activity