Thank goodness for spring, and its ability to give us hope that we are not condemned to a life of shovelling snow. Having said that, it does bring plenty of rain, and the need for rainy day activities. Making textures is a fun and simple way to keep fidgety fingers happy, and what better place to start than in the kitchen.
- air drying clay
- kitchen items to make textures
- rolling pin
- wax paper or foil
1. Set children up with some air drying clay, and a hard surface to work on. Have them look around the kitchen to discover what they might use to create textures.
This could be anything from forks and graters, to food items like pasta and salt. Have them work the clay with their hands, to soften it. The textures can be made on random shapes of clay, or ones that have been cut out eg. circles or squares.
2. Once they’ve had fun experimenting, have them choose a few textures they might want to display. These can be left to dry on foil or wax paper.
Once dry, the clay can be left as is or painted, then displayed on a surface like wood, where it can be glued on, and admired for years to come.
The photo below was taken at OCAD U’s graduation show in 2014, and I thought it was a great way to explore and display textures, especially for young children, who don’t want to worry about cutting perfect circles or squares. Some of these really remind me of chewed pieces of gum, though.