Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Toddler Texture Collage


To make:
provide bowls of yarn pieces and pom-poms (well, really anything you have on hand: tissue paper scraps, cut paper, wrapping paper pieces, color saran wrap, felt...)
we used these soft items because we are talking about differences and these soft items are very different than the sticky contact paper we were placing them on.
Stretch a big piece of contact paper sticky side up on a group table or floor space.
Next invite the children to decorate the sticky paper. When everyone has added their personal touch, simple stick to a slider or large window. Not only it this group project fun and interesting to look at it is also a multi-texture experience! Sticky, soft AND when displayed on the window at toddler eye level, it is also a BUMPY surface to explore.
This activity brought smiles to the faces of the participants and we teachers while watching the children carefully choose which pom-pom to place and where. It looks very random but believe me folks it was not. It was however very sweet.
To quote one little girl, when I hung it on the glass,
"Wow! Look what we made!!"
Indeed.
Enjoy!
~~MM

8 comments:

plaidshoes said...

What a fantastic idea! I can just see all the little one's concentrated faces :-)

Maestra said...

This is a fun activity, but I'm more interested in the great banners hung above the window. Are they something you made? Or if purchased can you share a link? Thank you.

Montessori Mama said...

Dear Maestra,
They are lovely, a gift from a friend. She is a yoga instructor so perhaps she got them through a yoga catalog...? I'm not sure but I will ask and get back to you.
thanks for reading and commenting!
Jennifer

Sarah said...

Here are the flags. They are beautiful and so is the creation that your students made for the windows.

http://www.westwindcollection.com/home/ww1/page_226_3/rainbow_flags.html?ctpl=

Qudsya said...

that was neat and wow what a thing to remember " childhood is a journey not a race "
may i add this to my blog too ... please it is one lovely thought to rememebre every day

Maestra said...

Thanks for the link and for the fun ideas you post!

Montessori Mama said...

Qudsya, please feel free to cut and copy that image of "Childhood" quote.
Thanks for asking!
PEACE
MM

Natalie said...

Thanks for the great idea! We did it with leaves and seed pods we collected outside and it looks beautiful! Thanks!

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