Painting with or on textures
Painting allows children to use all of their senses and when you add texture it becomes a more involved experience.
Learning through touch and textures is a good way to build your child’s motor skills. Holding, squeezing, poking, gripping, all will help your child with, not only their motor skills, but also their hand eye coordination.
We all know that babies explore the world around them through touch, putting things in their mouth, grabbing everything and anything. Touch is a way for them to interact, interpret and understand the world around them. Toddlers are no different BUT they can start to experience their world in different ways. Through sensory play, cooking, art…..
The sense of touch helps a child understand what an object is and how it interacts with the world.The difference between liquids and solids, mud and playdough, oil and water. Textures can also help children with word acquisition. Through these experiences they expand their vocabulary and ability to describe objects and observations.
It is important to note that play and textural experiences are inevitable. You don’t have to try too hard to have your child feel different textures. It can be as simple as cooking together, getting dressed in the morning, playing barefoot outside, taking a shower, going for a swim…..
ALL of these are textural and sensory experiences.
Art is a GREAT way to enrich textural experiences.
Easy texture art projects for preschoolers:
- Paint WITH things from around the house. Painting with them will help them not only differentiate between different textures but they will also be able to see the patterns that can be created from these textures. Examples: fork, string, bubble wrap, tin foil, toilet paper wroles, Q-tips, toy cars, legos, etc.
- Paint ON recyclable materials – painting on different materials will help your child gain an awareness of different textures. All you need is to collect recyclable materials such as: cardboard, toilet paper rolls, plastic bottles, etc.
- Paint ON toys that can be washed – This is a great activity that will allow your child to not only paint a washable plastic toy (dynasore, car, ball, etc.) it will also allow them to practice washing it afterwards. You can have them paint coconuts or branches too. This will be a different experience but will continue to allow them to play and expand their experience with textures.
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