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Science Kids on the Loose

Texture Hunt

Use your sense of touch to find and feel different textures.

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Materials

  • Things that are different textures to use as examples
  • Sticky notes
  • Pencils, crayons, or markers

Directions

  1. Explain to children that they will use their skin to feel various textures. They are going to try to find things that are bumpy, smooth, scratchy, and so on.
  2. Pass around items that are examples of different textures. Ask children to describe how they feel.
  3. If you are doing this in the classroom, have each child go on a texture hunt to find something interesting. They can leave a sticky note with their name (or some other mark that they make) on it. When they all return to the circle, they can report on the object they found and describe how it felt. If the object is small, you might pass it around so every child can feel it. For large items, wait until the end of group time, then go together to feel those items.
  4. If you’re doing this at home, just go around the house or yard with your child. Find objects with interesting textures. Describe what you are feeling.
  5. Compare textures. “Is this rock smoother than that one? Is this tree bark bumpier than that tree bark? What is the softest thing we found?” You can also contrast textures. “Which of these things is bumpy? Which one is smooth?”

Talk About It

  • Expand children's texture vocabulary by introducing examples that they might not have found. For example, a bristle block or hairbrushes are examples of prickly. Silk and satin material is silky and smooth.
  • Our skin also gives us information about the temperature of objects and whether they are wet or dry. Explore these special capabilities of the skin, too. Be sure to use lots of descriptive words to talk about your observations.
  • Remind children that we have skin all over our bodies. They can make observations using the skin on their arms, legs, backs, and cheeks, not just their hands.

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