This class for toddlers ages 15-36 months was all about texture. To begin we gathered in a circle and read a book filled with objects to touch. Then I had several objects out for the children to hold (cotton balls, satin, foil, marbles, rocks, sponges, etc). We talked about how these objects felt and used descriptive words to label them.
We visited the gallery and returned to the classroom to create paintings with lots of lumps and bumps. I mixed tempera paints with sand and a little bit of cornstarch to thicken it up. What fun we had! This is a great sensory building technique that is a bit different than plain old finger paints.
We used craft sticks, combs, and forks to drag through our paint to give us extra texture! Fingers work great too!
For this hands on fun you will need:
-canvas paper to stand up to the weight of paint
-sand or cornstarch
-craft sticks and/or other objects to apply paint
Here are some of our works.