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 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:
- Fabric with different textures (fleece, burlap, corduroy, felt, silk, satin, lace, wool, cotton, etc.)
- Variety of other textured materials (corrugated material, bubble wrap, sandpaper, foil, feathers, plastic, cellophane, etc.)
What You Do:
- Locate an assortment of textures from the above materials list, and place them onto the work surface so your kid has plenty of options to choose from. Encourage him to set aside a variety of textures that he likes.
- Next, have him glue each kind of texture material onto a different piece of paper. Let dry.
- Sit with him and go through the pages of his book. Ask him to touch each texture, and use a few words to describe how each page feels. Help him write his words next to each material.
- Stack the pieces of paper on top of one another and staple them together.
Now, your kid has his very own interactive book! As he flips through the pages, he'll get to know the different textures while he practices reading the words he chose to describe them.