How to Make a Texture Board for a Preschool Classroom

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How to Make a Texture Board for a Preschool Classroom
An egg carton has an interesting texture to include on a texture board. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A texture board is inexpensive to make with everyday items and poster board. Texture boards compile a variety of textures, or imprints of textures, and they are excellent for teaching preschoolers about touch and sight. Display the texture board where students can to feel the different textures applied there.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Wallpaper
  • Cotton
  • Burlap scrap square
  • Silk square
  • Egg carton
  • Masking tape

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  1. 1

    Decide where you intend to display your texture board. Use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of the wall space since your classroom may have notice boards that are too high for children to reach.

  2. 2

    Choose the appropriate size poster board. Use scissors to cut each textured item to a size large enough for the children to comfortably touch, but small enough to fit on the poster board comfortably. The size will vary based on the size poster board you use.

  3. 3

    Glue the sandpaper, wallpaper, burlap, silk, cotton and egg carton piece to the poster board. Let the glue dry fully before moving the texture board.

  4. 4

    Use masking tape to display the texture board. Feel the items a few times to make sure they are secure enough to withstand the children touching them.

Tips and warnings

  • Remind the children that there are rules for touching the texture board. Limit the number of children that can touch it at once, and tell the students they cannot pull the items on the board. You can make texture boards with other items, but try to use items that feel differently. Look for smooth, rough, soft and hard items to make the texture board interesting.
  • Avoid putting the texture board in a high traffic area where children may lean or brush against it.

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