If your young child is learning about textures at the preschool that they attend, help them master the skills that they have been learning with the activities below. Each activity will pique your child's interest and help them recognize textures while playing:
Place several items that have different textures inside of a bag. Consider adding items that will be simple for your child to grasp and that do not have pointed edges or abrasive surfaces that could injure your child. For instance, use items such as seashells, small rocks, an all-purpose sponge, and a non-breakable mirror. Blindfold your child or ask them to close their eyes while they reach into the bag to retrieve an item.
Instruct your child to move their hands across the surface of the mystery object and describe how it feels. After providing an explanation about the item's texture, ask your child to guess what the object is. After an answer is provided, allow your youngster to remove the blindfold or open their eyes to find out if their prediction was correct.
Purchase a lightweight piece of wood and use a hand sander that has a piece of fine grit paper secured to it to lightly sand both sides of the wood. Wipe a damp cloth across the wooden surface to eliminate dust particles. Dry the wood with a clean, lint-free cloth. Use non-toxic glue to affix swatches of fabric, carpet squares, and foam shapes to one side of the board.
Secure items that contain a variety of textures and that are brightly-colored. After the glue has dried, sit down next to your child and present them with the board. Allow your loved one to explore the board by touching all of the items and describing how they feel.
Touch And See Book
Visit your local library or a book shop to borrow or purchase books that are designed to teach young children about different textures. Some books may have portions of some pages covered with a piece of fabric, plastic, or another textured item. Flip through the books before deciding to bring them home so that you select books that have storylines that your child will likely be interested in.
Spend time each evening reading one of the books to your child. Allow your youngster to follow along with you and ask them to touch each of the textured items and describe its surface. Contact a school like the Sammamish Montessori School for more information and assistance.