How to teach texture to children

Texture is everywhere but children often overlook it until teachers and parents draw their attention to it. Texture is experienced through touch so teaching texture to children requires a hands-on approach. Texture teaching ideas include plenty of opportunities for games and activities that stretch across the curriculum, including arts and crafts, language and science. Formulate a lesson plan to teach kids about texture that gives children ample opportunity to touch, play, create, explore different materials, and experiment.

Create texture art

Take texture rubbings. Go for a nature walk outside and give children sheets of thin paper and peeled crayons. Children take rubbings of different barks on trees, leaves, and other interesting textured surfaces. In the classroom, cut the patterned paper into different shapes and make a display.

Help children create a texture collage or a texture board. Set out objects with interesting textures like paper scraps, sand, objects from nature, fabrics, cotton wool and string. Children glue the different materials to heavy paper or cardboard.

Make a foil texture display. Glue everyday objects like coins, string, paper clips, beads and dried pasta shapes to squares of thick cardboard. Cover with white school glue and mould aluminium foil over the objects. Once dry, children can guess the objects beneath the foil by touch.

Play texture games

Get children to guess an object by touch. Have the children close their eyes and say what an object is when it is touched against their arm. Use things like pencils, feathers, spoons and paintbrushes.

Play texture match-up. Cut out squares of fabric in different colours, for example three different colours of leather, three of velvet etc. Mix the squares and ask children to sort the fabrics by texture.

Teach older children about texture using unseen objects. Put textured objects into paper bags. Children feel the objects in the bags without looking and draw the texture of the object. The key is to draw the texture, not what the object is.


When children touch different textures ask them how the surface feels. Encourage them to use words to describe the texture such as rough, soft, smooth, and hard.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glue
  • Objects with different textures
  • Aluminium foil
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