I made these texture cards for J sometime around 10 months to bring with us on plane trips. I reserved them for those special trips, stored in a ziploc, so that they would keep their novelty. J loved them. He has since mostly lost interest in them at 23 months (though he does still like the one with buttons). But they definitely served their purpose. The cards are made of cardstock. They survived pretty well, though I can see the benefit to laminating them (it would have to be done before the texture was added I guess). You could even use thick cardboard to make them stronger. There have been a few that have found their home in the trash.
In choosing textures, I basically went through the house and found interesting textures (that would be fairly easy to attach to the cardstock… I was is a rush!). I really didn’t get very creative with my textures, but J was still entertained! You’ll notice quiet a few cards with puffy stickers and foam stickers (especially easy to make!), buttons, sponge, styrofoam, post it tabs, duct tape flaps (I created windows and placed a sticker behind the window), fabric, clear plastic, net, … The only one I can remember that isn’t pictured is the velcro card. J still really likes this card too since it is interactive (he could remove and replace the velcro pieces). It’s somewhere around the house, I just can’t find it for the picture! :)
The back side of the texture cards don’t look so pretty. I covered a lot of the back sides with packing tape or duct tape. In hind site, I could’ve created duct tape flaps on the back of all the cards so that they would be double sided.
To create prettier cards, you could cut larger pieces of the cardstock, attach the texture, fold the card in half and glue them shut.
Age attempted: about 10 months -17 months
Teachable moments: discuss what’s special about each texture/surface :) (smooth, shiny, bumpy, squishy, crinkly, …)
Try Again? At 23 months, I’ll soon be trying more advanced texture cards and make a game out of it (similar to this activity on Children’s Learning Activities)