The idea behind this activity is to set up a range of different texture experiences and allow the toddler to explore and play at their own will. The following sets out five different texture adventures.
1. Monster Goop
Monsters love a good goo-ey lunch. To make some monster goo, get hold of a mixing bowl, a cup, some cornflour, some water and some green food colouring. Mix two cups of cornflour, a cup of water and a few drops of the dye together in a mixing bowl – great to get toddlers involved in the mixing part. The gloopiness happens as the cornflour is made of lots of long stringy particles that splurge out when mixed with water. When you press on the mixture, they form together again and if you leave them alone they spread out.
2. Rainbow Pasta
Create colourful pasta shapes by soaking uncooked pasta in a mixture of half vinegar and half water and a good few drops of food colouring. Leave overnight, drain the liquid away and leave to dry. Create a variety of colours, mix them up and tip onto a tray or plate and watch the toddlers play.
3. Iced Toys
Give kids an unexpected perspective on their favourite plastic toy by putting it into a pot, covering it in water and freezing it. Once frozen, rinse it under the tap to start the thawing process and tip it out for the child to explore.
4. Coloured Foam
Create foaming adventures by squirting shaving foam onto a plate and then mixing in different food colours. Allow the kids to explore and discover.