Enough cards for each person / pair with different textures stuck to
Absolutely anywhere (don’t need to collect objects).
To encourage the use of touch in exploring the environment.
Prepare a set of cards, using double-sided sticky tape and sticking on various
materials with different textures. E.g. velvet, crushed paper, smooth
paper, sandpaper, fur, etc. Explain to the children that they will be
given a card with a texture on it. They have to feel the texture, describe
it and then feel the natural objects about them to find objects with the same texture
as on their card. Encourage them to feel their objects gently with their
hands or face, not pick them or squash them! See how many they can find
of their own texture, then swap with someone else and see how many of
that texture they can find.
Afterwards, they could each choose one particular
object from each texture they have felt, to take back inside and make
into a group ‘texture’ collage. People could then explore this
collage with their hands, and with their eyes shut. A step on from this
could be to develop a ‘story’, illustrated with textures, so that
people could ‘read’ it with their eyes closed.