Crayon Texture Drawings
Crayons and Textures might not seem terribly related to our Water Project, but the beach is all about textures:
The texture of the sand.
The texture of the water.
The texture of the towels.
The texture of the sunscreen.
For young kids who are still exploring their world, the textures around them are a huge part of learning. Obviously there are a lot of ways to explore texture and this is just one more.
SIMPLE CRAYON TEXTURE DRAWINGS
*Tape different textured papers to a table top. I listed the types of paper we used above + an oddly textured paper that came in a delivery box that was saved for such a purpose.
*Lay out a cup or collection of crayons for each child.
As with most of our invitations, this can be explored in different ways.
Most kids will start by exploring the paper with their hands. Talk to them about how the different papers feel. Some words you might use are; bumpy, smooth, scratchy, rough.
After they have had some time to feel the paper, ask if they'd like to try coloring on the different kinds of paper. Of course some kids will just grab crayons and start coloring right away. That is fine too!
Pay attention to what they notice about the paper or what comments they make. For younger kids, verbalize for them what you see them observing. For older kids, engage them in conversation.
The crayons went back on the art shelf.
The paper was recycled. Most of our artwork gets hung up in the art area, but I'd be lying if I said a fair amount doesn't end up in the recycling bin. Some people probably save every scrap of art and that's certainly okay, but to me the process is often the point of the activity, not what we make. The pieces they are especially proud of get hung on the art wall or on their bedroom walls. Others get mailed. The ones they just make and then leave on the table often get recycled. Do what feels comfortable to you.
Cardstock or Construction Paper
Other Textured Paper
Washi Tape (or Masking Tape)
Looking for some other ways to explore texture? These are some great activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers for exploring texture.
*Paint on different surfaces such as bubble wrap or foil.
*Play with Loose Parts - wonderful natural textures. Here are some of our favorite ways to use loose parts.
*Sandboxes. Here are 5 Ways to Expand Sandbox Play.
*Fingerpaint, shaving cream, or try mixing the two together: Sensory Color Mixing
*Sensory Tables. There are hundreds of ways to play, here are our 5 Favorites for the Sensory Table.
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