Toddlers and Textures

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Textures are so much fun for preschoolers to explore with and about! We have found that modeling clay is the best medium to “test” textures.DIY Silly Putty is the easiest to clean up after, and playdough is a great standby, but modeling clay is perfect as it holds it shape really well, being stiffer than silly putty or playdough, and if you paint over the clay it doesn’t absorb the paint. This lends itself to dozens of possibilities!
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Here are just some of the ways our preschoolers have experimented with clay:

Poked a lump of clay with a fork

Smashed the clay with the fork

Smooshed the clay with a slinky

Folded the clay between sheets of plastic wrap

Pressed the bottom of a shoe into the clay

Flattened the clay with a spoon

Used Bristle blocks and other toys to make impressions

Hidden an item inside a ball of clay, flattened the clay to discover the shape of the hidden item

Rolled the clay into long ropes or little balls

Pressed our faces into the clay to make masks


Want to have more sensory activities?  Here are a bunch of texture activity suggestions.

How have you and your kids played with clay?


About Rachel

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).