How areas of your skin contain different numbers of touch receptors. Some body areas are more sensitive than others.

    • Blindfold
    • Tennis ball, rock, sponge, pine cone, seashell, eraser, marble, etc.

    1. Have a friend close his or her eyes.
    2. Gently press each item to the skin on different areas of the body.
    3. Can your friend identify the object?

    Here are lists of the most-sensitive and least-sensitive parts of the body.

    Most-sensitive 
    Fingers
    Upper lip 
    Cheek 
    Palm
    Forehead
    Foot

    Least-sensitive
    Belly
    Upper arm
    Back
    Shoulder
    Thigh 
    Calf

    Your Skin

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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