Objective: Children will expand their language, math, sensory, and observational skills while identifying the textures of materials in their environment.
- Write the following words on individual pieces of paper: sticky, smooth, hard, soft, rough, squishy, fuzzy, bumpy, cold, and warm.
- Read the different words and ask children to think of something that feels that particular way. Divide children into two groups, led by a teacher. Provide each group with several word cards.
- Ask each group to find things in the classroom that match the word. Bring the items to the meeting area. If they find something that is too large to carry, assist in writing the name of the item or drawing a picture of it to include with their collections.
- Ask children to line up all of the things that they found below each corresponding word card to create a floor graph. Now ask them to describe the textures of each of the items. Which column has the most? Which has the least? Are there items that children can describe using more than one word?
- Now invite the group to play a guessing game. Choose one of the items that the children brought to the area. Talk about how it feels, looks, or smells without revealing the name of the item. Invite children to do the same thing.
Curriculum Connection: ART
Texture Collage. Gather a variety of art materials such as foil, cellophane, feathers, Styrofoam, bubble wrap, sand paper, felt, sequins, and wood pieces. Provide children with paper, glue, and the different-textured materials and invite them to make a collage. Ask children to share their collages with their classmates. Encourage them to use descriptive words to tell about the different materials on their collage.
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