Maker Morning: Texture

From Loose Parts by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky, "Texture is a source of interest and information. It also denotes space and changes in areas of an object or environment" (38).


Jane Brocket's Clever Concepts: Spiky, Slimy, Smooth.
Spiky, Slimy, Smooth: What is Texture? by Jane Brocket

Ideas for Loose Parts

Clay, stones, shells, pine cones, seed pods, acorns, feathers, sand, fabric samples, flooring samples, different papers and cardboards


Put paper plates, glue, and small bits of different textured items on a table. Ask: I wonder which things are soft? Which are bumpy? What other words can you use to describe how things feel? (The idea here is that the kids will create a "texture wheel" full of different things to touch that they can take with them).


Create touch boxes

If you have outdoor space, give kids small buckets or paper lunch bags and have them find different textured items from nature

Need ideas for texture words? Here's a list with activity ideas.

Speaking of lists, this one is full of expressive language ideas



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