Getting our youngest artists to explore all kinds of textures is an important component to our art education; we introduce them to a large variety of tactile experiences and give them the vocabulary to describe it.
Here are 10 ways we get kids excited and immersed in the wonderful word of texture:
1. glittery jiggly gelatin
3. finger paint on bubble wrap
5. squishy cool snow dough
6. soft and fluttery shredded paper
7. squishy stretchy goop
8. collages with hard objects
9. painting with squishy balls dipped into different color paints, then rolling them around in foil tins
Each of these stations or projects allows the children to approach textures at their own pace, with the ability to use a stick or other tool for the more cautious child. Open ended and investigational, each station is designed for the children to spend as much or as little time there as they choose.
What are your favorite texture projects and activities for young students?