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Follow the Texture Road

February 19, 2012

I made this for T so we could work on expanding his vocabulary and on using words to describe things... but he wasn't so much into that!  Although he wasn't into the verbal aspect of this activity, I thought I'd share what we did anyways because your child might enjoy following the texture road and talking about it!  Maybe 4.5 year olds are too cool for this type of stuff?!  Or perhaps, he is just not a foot guy!  : )  Here is what we did: 

First, I gathered several materials that were different shapes and textures:
styrofoam
felt
wooden sticks
feathers
pom poms
dry noodles
shredded paper. 

 Second, I glued them onto a large piece of butcher paper that we use on our easel from Ikea. 

Third, I had T walk across the texture road a few times to get a feel for it all.

And lastly, I asked him to describe how each texture looked and felt.  The felt was "orange and soft."  The wooden sticks were "long, hard, colorful."  The feathers were "soft and tickly."  So you get the idea; that's pretty much what all I got from him and then he was ready to move on! 




Do you enjoy incorporating Sensory Play into your day?!

20 comments :

Christine said...

What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing! I might try this with my little one!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

I LOVE this idea! It's so creative, and you could use variations of it for so many ages! Thank you for sharing it at Teach Me Tuesday!

Vicki said...

He has such cuuuuute feet!!! LOL (I think I recognize the styrofoam...;-) )

Krissy Sherman Bonning said...

Brilliant! I wish I had tried this with my Kindergarteners when I was still teaching. Can't wait to do it with my little ones at home. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vicky said...

What a fabulous idea! And it looks like so much fun. I might want to walk on it myself. Pinning this! I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from ABC and 123 Learning. Vicky from Mess For Less

Amy said...

Love this idea! Oh, and I'm happy to see you got the little link-up buttons to work! Looks great!

Books4Learning said...

What a brilliant idea! Love it!

Kristina said...

Glad you like it-- hope you can use it! And.. Thanks so much for your help! : )

Ticia said...

What a great idea! At first I was thinking it was on contact paper, which would also have that texture.

The Monko said...

This is a brilliant idea, my son would love this, he is really into feeling things with his feet at the moment - today he took his socks off so he could dance in our rainbow rice - it went everywhere so we all got the texture experience until I cleaned it up! This would be a much less messy way to enjoy different sensations under his feet.

Carrie said...

Looks like a fun activity! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday! Have a great week!

Amie said...

Wow there is so much you can do with this idea. Thanks for linking up to Kids' Co-Op!

Tera said...

What a great I idea. I want to try this with my 6 month old. He LOVES when I let him put his feet in his older sister's sensory bins. I am sure he will love this!

Terri (Creative Family Fun) said...

What a fun idea!! Thanks for linking up to the Kids Co-op! I loved your idea so much that I'm featuring it as one of my favorite posts from last week!

Katie said...

LOVE THIS!!! What a creative a fun idea! I bet my son would love this...although I can see him pulling everything off too! :D Thanks so much for linking up at thrifty thursday!

Katie said...

Sigh. One of my sentences disappeared! I also wanted to comment on how AWESOME this is for language!!! As a speech pathologist I absolutely love it! :)

Deb Chitwood said...

I think this is great, and I'm sure lots of kids would love it! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and added your post link to my DIY tactile boards and extensions post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/03/12/montessori-monday-diy-tactile-boards-and-extensions/

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

This is a fabulous idea!!! Thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest said...

Great idea! I love this as a sensory activity for toddlers.

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