Learn about different textures through the animals in the Link4fun Wild Animals book.
Household objects (see Set-up)
Brown paper bag
This lesson can be for an individual child or adapted for a larger group, ideally for preschool or kindergarten, or a beginning ELL student.
Gather household or classroom objects that are textures representing the following adjectives: rough, furry, bumpy, soft, wet. For example, you can include sandpaper or a piece of toast (rough), stuffed animal or pom pom (furry), Legos or tree bark (bumpy), sock or cotton ball (soft), damp napkin (wet). Place each object in a brown paper bag.
1. Have the child close his/her eyes and reach into the bag to feel the object.
2. Ask, “What does the object feel like? What other things feel like it? What do you think it is?”
3. Once the child has answered the questions, let the child take the object out of the bag.
4. On the outside of the bag, help the child write the adjectives that describe the object or draw pictures of other animals that feel a similar way.
5. Next, read the Link4fun Wild Animals book together. With each animal you meet, ask the child(ren), “What do you think the ____________ feels like?” For example, a child might say that an elephant feels rough, a giraffe/zebra feels soft, a lion feels furry, or a hippo feels wet.
6. Have the child touch the object as you read together to try and imagine what petting a wild animal might be like.
7. As a challenge, ask the child why an animal might feel that way. For example, a hippo has moist or wet skin because its skin will crack when dry. Also, its skin lets out a red liquid that acts like sunscreen. Or, a rhino’s skin is rough because it has many layers of skin to protect itself.
8. Optional: Have the child take pictures of other household objects that feel the same as each wild animal and store the photos in the Link4fun gallery.