Discovering Textures

Discovering Textures Dan Danowski

Support a baby to identifying and recognise different textures.

 Materials Needed:

  • Silk Scarf
  • Cotton Square
  • A piece of Velvet
  • Satin
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Sandpaper
  • Sponge
  • Any object with interesting textures

What to do:

  • Lay the different objects across the floor (this can be in a single line or in different parts of the room).
  • Sit behind an object and encourage baby to crawl towards it. For example “Look at this, it feels so soft”. As the baby crawls to it and sits up, give it to baby to explore and touch.
  • Use words like sticky, soft, smooth, and rough to talk about what you and your baby are feeling.

Hints and Tips:

  • Make sure that the textures are safe enough for your baby to manipulate and always watch your baby during this activity.
  • You can place these textured objects on your baby’s high chair or even on a low table to encourage your baby to stand.
  • Use a feather to tickle your baby’s feet or float a silky scarf across your baby’s face.
  • Add these textured objects in a box and help your baby to get them out.
  • Using super glue, glue these objects onto a piece of cardboard for baby to explore.
  • Baby will put all objects in their mouth during exploration, always supervise during this activity.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 6 to 12 months
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Reaches for and grasps objects.
    - Begins to babble.
    - Shows signs of emotions by using distinct facial features.
    - Begins to follow one step commands (usually around 6 months).

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play, Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skills, Language Development, Learning Games, Manipulation Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity cooperation confidence creativity commitment enthusiasm persistence imagination and reflexivity

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

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Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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