Textured play is something Adam and I haven’t explored yet hence we reserved Day 13 of our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge for texture. Finally it was a chance to make something that has been on our to-do-list for some time – textured stepping stones.
We have been saving polystyrene pizza discs for ages to be used as the base of of our sensory stones. In total we used eight different textures.
I already had an artificial grass mat (purchased from Ikea several years ago) and a large lego board for two of the stepping stones. For the felt, wood laminate, tin foil and sand paper stepping stones I used the pizza disc as a template to draw around and cut out a circle from the material. I used double sided sellotape to attach it to the polystyrene circle.
For the cotton wool stepping stone I attached contact paper to the pizza disc with the sticky side facing up. I then placed cotton wool on top of the contact paper. I placed the textured stepping stones in a circle and took a step back to see what Adam would do.
Finally for the rubber mat stepping stone I used the same rubber mats purchased from PoundLand that I used to create our DIY Car Track.
Adam took to the textured stepping stones straight away and started to jump between each one. He seemed to prefer the texture of the cotton wool and artificial grass stepping stones. It was a great activity for gross motor skills.
After some time Adam realised he could move the stepping stones himself. Throughout the afternoon he created several different stepping stone formations on the floor. Texture stepping stones were certainly a hit with Adam!