Kids explore textures with this easy snowman art project:
We very rarely use construction paper here. There are so many more interesting materials to use when you’re crafting with your kids. get creative with Take a look through my site, and you’ll see us creating with aluminum foil, sand paper, wall paper samples, quilt batting, fabric, cardboard and countless other textiles. Construction paper can’t compare when it comes to the sensory element that these materials offer.
For our snowman art project today, we used a variety of common items from around the the house and our bin of fabric scraps.
Textured materials for our snowman art:
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- styrofoam produce tray
- white felt
- black buttons
- craft feathers (stems trimmed)
- black tissue paper
- fabric scraps
- Fleece blanket (to cover work table)
Crafting with textures:
To start, we used a fleece blanket to cover our work table. A blanket, quilt or even a large piece of unfinished fabric is a great way to add interest to your crafting surface.
Then I invited the hooligans to explore all of the supplies I’d laid out.
While they created their snowman faces, they used words like “fluffy”, “cold”, “crunchy” to describe the felt, buttons and tissue paper.
We tossed a piece of tissue paper into the air, and then a piece of flannel, to compare their weight.
Give your child plenty of time to explore the different textures in front of her, and let her create their snowman face however she wants. A perfect face isn’t what you’re after. This is an open-ended creative experience.
If you’re looking for an easy textured art project to do with toddlers or preschoolers, this one was great. There were lots of touchy-feely aspects to it, and our snowmen turned out so darn cute, don’t you think?
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.