Texture Book

Purpose: This activity will help children develop a better understanding of the sense of touch as well as the vocabulary of words for this sensory experience (e.g. rough, soft, smooth, bumpy, etc.).  They will also observe, compare, experiment, and practice descriptive and expressive skills. The first part of this activity could be carried out for several days before making the book.

Materials/Advance Preparation:


  1. Set out a collection of different textured items on a low table.  Include a few samples of each type of texture so that there are enough items for children to compare. 
  2. Together, talk about the different ways things feel.  You might say, "Today we are going to feel many different things.  What do your hands and fingers tell you about each of these?" 
  3. Encourage children to feel the objects and talk about what they notice.  Help them use describing words by saying, for example, "Look, this one feels bumpy.  Can you find another one that is bumpy?" 
  4. Permit time for exploration and discussion.  This should be in small groups, not class-sized groups.
  5. As children begin to feel and find things that are similar in texture, help them group the like textured items together in piles.  While doing this ask, "Why do you think this one goes in this pile?"  How is it the same as the others?" 
  6. After youngsters have sorted the items, they might want to mix them all up and sort again.  This process is fun!
  7. Children can also become "texture scientists" by selecting a textured item to hold and going around the classroom finding something that feels the same.  When they find something, ask the other children to go and feel it too.  The process of matching a small textured piece to something similar in their surroundings helps young children practice comparative thinking.
  8. Throughout this activity, echo back the childrens' comments.

Make the Book:

  1. After the textured pieces are sorted into piles, invite children to choose a pile and make a collage of the items on the oaktag or construction paper. 
  2. Select another pile and do the same until you have a set of collage pages.
  3. Collect these pages into a book by stapling along one side.  
  4. Look at the pages together and ask the children to give you descriptive words and phrases that describe each page. For example, you can say, "This page is full of rough scraps.  They are as rough as...."  Write the descriptions the children offer on the pages and enjoy your completed book together.   Use short, complete sentences, but do not correct the childrens' grammar.
  5. Place the Texture Book on display for children to "read" and touch.

Notes:  If you have a few textured pieces left over, make a texture chart by using oak tag, glue and a felt tip marker.  Use the same words for the chart as the children used to describe their pages.  For example, next to the cotton, the word "soft" etc.

Courtesy of: Gayle's Preschool Rainbow


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