Today Mihaela from Best Toys 4 Toddlers is joining us as part our Five Senses Play Challenge. We were fortunate to get to know Mihaela during our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge. They completed the challenge on their own blog as well as joining in with our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge Blog Hop.
Hello! My name is Mihaela and I’m the mum behind the Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog where I mostly share about ways to play with toddlers and preschoolers.
We have already used wallpaper scraps in the past when we created homemade alphabet sensory cards from wallpaper, mostly under the influence of Montessori principles. But we love to use them for simpler projects, like the one we are going to share with you today.
If you wonder where we got wallpaper scraps (we never had wallpapers on our walls!), we picked several sheets from hardware store when we were shopping for some other things. They have wallpapers cut in small squares or rectangles and available to take home as samples. One thing we truly love about wallpapers scraps we picked up is that they have many diverse textures!
Textures and sense of touch are our today’s topic and we used wallpaper scraps to explore textures through art – we made prints exploring how textures are different on several of the scraps we used.
Give a child wallpaper scraps to explore surface through touch, then give them paint and brush to color on top of the wallpaper. When they cover the surface, use painted wallpaper to make a print. Different wallpapers will create different prints.
My toddler continued painting and making prints until she was out of wallpaper scraps. Although, these textured wallpapers could surely endure more than one turn of painting, they are pretty thick and don’t resolve when painted, like paper would.
We left it to dry overnight and decided to create a very simple Valentine’s day wall art and use our textured prints in this way. So we cut hearts from prints and arranged them on sheet of pink paper. Now we only need to frame it! But we’ll get there too!
* Wallpaper scraps
* Paint and brushes
* Several sheets of paper for printing
Thank you to Best Toys 4 Toddlers for sharing their toddler craft activity based on the sense of touch. This guest post is part of our Five Senses Play Challenge, for the sense of touch. Click here for more touch activity inspiration.
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