Kitchen Textures


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.

P1230825Allow them to experiment.


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.



Filed under clay, textures

11 responses to “Kitchen Textures

  1. That’s easy. It’s not intimidating at all.

  2. Anonymous

    Took a tour of your blog. Very inspiring!

  3. I love that air dry clay! All of the fun of modeling without need for a kiln. Your projects allows kids to look at textures too! Fun!

  4. Jann Olson

    What a fun idea and great way for kids to learn about texture! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. Claudia Panatti

    These are fantastic! You’ve inspired me to go and buy some kitchen utensils for my art room; the children will love this idea. I think that it also helps them to understand that they really can use anything to make marks with.

  6. Love this idea! Craft schooling Sunday will be back this week after a whole month of vacation, hope to see you there!

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