Make a Texture Variety Book
Goldilocks seems to know a little bit about texture: what she likes, what she doesn't, what's too hard, what's too soft, and obviously—what's "just right." This activity gets your child experimenting with his favorite textures among fabric and other materials that are smooth, rough, soft, or slippery—and then he'll compile them together to create a masterpiece of recycled textured materials. His very own texture book stimulates his sense of touch and improves his reading readiness with sight words, too.
What You Need:
- 5” x 6” paper
- Fabric with different textures (fur, burlap, corduroy, felt, silk, satin, bouclé, wool, cotton, and so on)
- Variety of other textured materials (corrugated material, bubble wrap, sandpaper, foil, feathers, cellophane, and thin wood pieces or sandpaper)
What You Do:
- Put together a blank book for your child, by stapling together five or six piece of 5” x 6” paper.
- Locate an assortment of textures from the above materials list, and place them onto the work surface for him to choose from. Encourage him to set aside a variety of textures that he likes.
- Next, invite him to glue one on each page of the book.
- Sit with him and go through the pages of his book. Ask him to touch each texture, and use a word to describe how each page feels. Help him write this word next to each texture.
- Now, he has his very own interactive book that he can touch and read!
For some added fun, watch a Speakaboo screening of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to see how Goldilocks uses her senses to explore textures!