This week’s theme is texture.
Dry sensory and texture ideas - pasta, rice (colour it to make it a bit more exciting with food colouring), shells, sponges, scourers, pom-poms, cotton wool, pipe cleaners, feathers, different fabrics (e.g. blankets, scarves), wool, bubble wrap (can wrap feet in it and walk to hear the effect), buttons, sequins, Lego, sand
Wet/sticky sensory - shaving foam, bubble and water trays, water beads, gloop (cornflour and water), paint, cooked spaghetti, jelly.
Create a squishy sensory bag- using a zip lock bag or plastic zippy folder, add hair gel and food colouring maybe even some glitter or sequins. Lock the bag and begin to explore and move. If you tape this closed with some gaffer tape it will last really well. A lovely relaxing tactile activity.
Ice blocks – freeze different objects like fruit or grass in yoghurt pots and explore the cold icy blocks
Bubble wrap painting/ exploration. Bubble wrap is a lovely sensory material to pop or print with.
Cereal is a great tactile sensory material as it comes in many different textures. Have a go at crushing it with your hands, or maybe even your feet for a fun sensory experience. If you collage with cereal and glue it creates a great texture to explore. Have a go at making some different textures to eat. Cornflake cakes, rice crispy cakes and flapjack are all very textured and maybe fun to explore.
Explore different material throughout your home and label these. Can you find a material that is rough, smooth, shiny, bright etc
Create a collage or picture using different materials you can find at home. Create a nature collage using different textures you find outside or in your garden.
Explore clothing- some clothes are soft, some are smooth, some are bobbly, some are woolly
There are some pictures for inspiration, use sensory materials to create a textured walk to explore different textures underfoot and how they can change. Are they rough or smooth? Loud or quiet?
Make some different textured sensory trays, make sensory texture boards (e.g. stick different items to cardboard for children to feel and compare)
Make sensory shoe boxes for children to put their hands in and feel
Use different texture materials to make letters of the alphabet/numbers