Tot School: Textures

One of the most amazing things I've experienced as a parent is seeing the world through Reagan's eyes as he learns new ideas & subjects.  Our week of textures gave me that feeling all over again

Our book choices this week were:

  1. Never Touch a Dinosaur. This book is one from a Touch & Feel series that includes monsters, dragons, sharks, & others.  Cute rhymes & fun textures to feel on the dinosaurs makes this one of Reagan's favorites.
  2. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Another classic from the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this book tells the story of a busy spider spinning her web & the web, fly, & spider have this beautiful texture to them throughout the story.
  3. Moo by Matthew Van Fleet. A wonderful introduction to farm animals with textures, flaps, & pull tabs makes this my personal favorite for this week. 
  4. See, Touch, & Feel by Roger Priddy. This is a great choice for the littlest ones as an introduction to texture but Reagan enjoyed it too.  Includes bright photographs, raised textures & even a drum to tap!

Our field trip this week was to the Liberty Science Center! It's a great museum geared toward children & with a Doc McStuffins exhibit (one of Reagan's favorite shows) we decided to make an afternoon of it. The place was filled with awesome activities for kids to discover texture, science, & art. If you live or visit in the NY/NJ area, I highly recommend it.

For our STEAM activity we played with shaving cream & added some food coloring to mix.  Reagan was skeptical at first (not one to get his hands dirty) but he did eventually rub his hands together in it.

Overall, we had a wonderful week exploring the textures around us. Reagan has been taking initiative to describe textures he comes across around the house.  There's a few other texture STEAM activities on my Pinterest board "Tot School". If you try some, let me know how they went by dropping a comment below!


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