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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Texture Collage

Our Pre-K classes have been doing senses lately. They always have so much fun experiencing the different senses on levels they haven't tried before.

I recently made this texture collage for touch that I wanted to share. Be forewarned, you can get a bit too excited when making this project. Many a time I had to remind myself that the family wouldn't be too happy if I cut off the fur lining of their hood, or cut a square out of the satin curtains, or took the lining out of something.

I wasn't able to find as many textures as I would have liked. This project can be as simple or complex as you wish to make it. I think the hardest part is finding different textures to add on. I looked in every closet and nook and cranny in the house. I'm sure my husband's going to be asking who was messing around in his work area:).

For the project you will need:

Objects with different textures--as many or as few as you would like

Something to attach the objects too--I used poster board, but I'm sure a heavier surface would have been better

Glue--I used a hot glue gun since I thought the collage might get lots of use.

I took my poster board and arranged the objects on it. I then hot glued them down. That's it. Now you just need to have it available for the young ones.

If you're not sure what some of the things I have pictured are, here is some help: I used as many different types of fabrics that I could find. There is also sand paper, cotton, pipe cleaners cut and gathered close together, a piece of rug, the scrubby part of a scrubby sponge, some velvet from a jewelry gift box, padding from inside a box, corrugated borders, and I even dribbled some hot glue on there so they could feel that. One item I would have loved to have, but couldn't find or think of how to display was something bumpy. I'll just have to keep looking.

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Unknown said...

Great learning tool for little ones! Thanks for sharing!

Michele @ The Hills are Alive said...

bubble wrap
a piece of wood
corrugated cardboard
scrunched up wool
Cotton balls

Preschool Playbook said...

Squensc? I have never heard of this. Anybody?

Lots of great stuff Michele, thanks.

Stacy said...

This is so funny that you posted this because I was just going to do the same thing with my daughter this coming week! She was watching Sid the Science Kid's episode on texture and was amazed by it. Great job!

Mama to 5 said...

What a great idea = I would actually like to make one for my baby & my toddler to both use. I will have to find a safe way to make one. Thank you!

Ms. Stacy said...

I think Michele meant sequins?

Great ideas! Don't forget about outside things...grass, leaves, rocks, pebbles, shells, and regular Elmer's glue when dried has a smooth texture. :)