Frottage is such a fun way for kids to learn about textures.
1) First the kids had to learn the name of textures so, we created various textures inside very large bottle caps (we used sand paper for rough, some plastic drawer liner for bumpy etc etc) and used them in a game. We put 1 bottle cap at a time inside a bag and the kids had to feel to learn the name of each texture. (Later we created another set of bottle caps with matching textures so that the kids played a blindfolded memory).
2) Next, we gave the kids some crayons and some paper and they went crazy and did rubbings on everything and everyone! It’s such a simple exercise and the kids had so much fun doing it! When they were finished we analyzed the textures and gave them a name.
- The kids did crayon rubbings again on bits of fall colored paper (except brown). They had an idea of what worked and what made better textures this time around.
- Next, tore the paper and they glued them onto a larger paper to create a background. For this step, we said no scissors.
- They did the same thing to make the trunk and branches of the tree, this time scissors could be used.
- The next step was to cut the leaves out of newspaper and glue that onto their tree
- It was a bit hard to see the tree and leaves, so we also got in a little practice shading. The kids had to outline the tree and leaves using colored pencils, shading darkest on the outside and getting lighter towards the center. This was probably the hardest part.
- The last step was to cut out the letters f-a-l-l- and sponge paint them on.
Among the games we did to learn textures was to do this word search. Inside the circles the kids had to frottage textures – which didn’t work for all the textures. I think if we to redo this we might just draw pictures of things with those textures.