TEXTURE INVESTIGATION – Exploring Paint and Texture

Children explore a variety of materials to discover many interesting effects that they use to create texture paintings.

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1


Art Techniques
Language Arts
Visual Arts


bumpy create explore feeling rough smooth soft texture touch


Crayola Washable Paint Crayola Flat Paint Brushes Newsprint Paper Pad 18" x 24" Newspapers Hamster Shavings Table Salt Coconut, shredded Bubble Wrap Rolling Pin String 3 Paint Containers 2 Paint Trays

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TEXTURE INVESTIGATION – Exploring Paint and Texture - Step One

Step One

Gather all the materials listed under Requirements.

TEXTURE INVESTIGATION – Exploring Paint and Texture - Step Two

Step Two

Mix salt, coconut and hamster shavings with paint.

TEXTURE INVESTIGATION – Exploring Paint and Texture - Step Three

Step Three

Put out the texture paints you created, bubble wrap, rolling pins, paint trays and newsprint.   

TEXTURE INVESTIGATION – Exploring Paint and Texture - Step Four

Step Four

Invite students to investigate and explore on newsprint. 

TEXTURE INVESTIGATION – Exploring Paint and Texture - Step Five

Step Five

Encourage children to create an art piece using the textures. 

TEXTURE INVESTIGATION – Exploring Paint and Texture - Step Six

Step Six

Invite children to share their work and talk about what they discovered in the centre.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Work independently and self-regulate;
  2. Create personal responses to the centre materials;
  3. Share their ideas with peers;
  4. Explore texture and pattern; and
  5. Demonstrate a sense of accomplishment.


  1. Texture Walk - As a class go on a walk around the school. Look for textures. For example, the walls. Feel the school walls and talk about how the walls feel. Look outside at the brick walls, talk about how children think the bricks feel. When they go outside they can feel the bricks to check to see if they were right.
  2. Science Centre - Go on a nature walk.  Collect a variety of natural objects the children can observe and explore.
    - Tree trunks – bumpy, smooth, rough, flaky
    - Leaves – slick, smooth, prickly
    - Rocks – smooth, jagged, rough
    - Dirt – smooth, bumpy, soggy
  3. Sensory Bin- Make Goop as a class. Encourage children to  explore, investigate and share their discoveries.  Observe the children while at play.  


  1. Collect all the materials listed under materials needed. 
  2. Make texture rolling pins for the students to use. Wrap string around one rolling pin. Use a hot glue gun on another rolling pin creating shapes and designs on it.
  3. Create a 'feely bag' – a bag containing a variety of objects with different textures. For example, a dried peach pit, a smooth stone, a bumpy, mini action figure, a piece of fake fur.


  1. Pass around the feely bag.
  2. Ask children to feel the objects and see if they can guess what they are. (Depending on your students you may decide to place one object in the bag at a time and then repeat the process.)
  3. As children call out their ideas write words on chart paper.
  4. Reveal the objects. Discuss how their sense of touch helped them guess what the objects were. 
  5. Talk about the ways the textures of the objects are different and encourage children to use words to describe them.
  6. Introduce natural texture (leaves, bark, shells, etc.) and textures you can create. 



The Challenge

  1. Children challenge themselve to use their imagination and problem-solving skills as they explore ideas in this centre. 


The Process

  1. Plan and set up this texture investigation art centre together as a class. 
  2. Talk about each material you are putting out. 
  3. Have the children mix the paint and materials together.
  4. Put out the bubble wrap and rolling pins. Talk about the texture they create. 
  5. Allow children to explore, investigate and create art with the texture paints and materials. 
  6. Raise questions about the textures you’re using. (What does it feel like painting with salt?  What effects can you create with these textures?)
  7. Observe and listen to the children as they work in this centre. 
  8. Reflect on the children’s observations during sharing time.  


  1. Ask children to share their discoveries with the class. 
  2. Ask the presenter questions, for example, 
    What surprised you about working with all the different materials? 
    - What materials did you like the best? Why?
    - What materials did you like the least? Why?
    - What does this remind you of?
  3. Encourage children to think of texture words to describe their creations.