Think of a building that is made of paper, could it resist the rain? Obviously not. But to teach our young ones this concept we thought of creating an activity that would allow children to understand what texture is and why it is so important.
Did you know that the texture of the building can either make or break its structure? This is why architects spend a lot of time understanding textural properties so that they can design buildings that will stand and survive for many years.
This activity will allow children to cut and feel textures. Mainly smooth, soft and rough textures but you can definitely include others like shiny and transparent textures as well. We decided to start with basic textures so that kids could have an opportunity to play around with the basic textures before they try to understand more complex ones.
Colour is important not just in its aesthetic sense but also because colour has a significance in our lives. To understand colour is to understand emotions. Yellow makes us feel happy because it is bright like the sun, and the colour blue will reflect other feelings like calmness and greatness like the vast sea.
If you noticed we only used primary colors in this activity. Like textures we have tried to be basic with our color choice so that children can focus on the basic concepts before moving on to more enhanced ideas. In this way they will be able to learn how all other colors are formed by mixing the primary colors.
The children expressed themselves as they felt the various textures. The soft texture of the felt made them feel warmth and comfort. The rough texture reminded them of the concrete ground that they even shared incidents they fell and got scabs. This was a great opportunity for communication as kids related stories and past experiences that reminded them of the texture.
Of course we also exercised our scissor skills and used our fine-motor skills of cutting, pasting and most of all touching and feeling those textures.
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