This week I put out a seasonal art project on my art shelf. I had purchased these texture rubbing plates from Let's Explore over a year ago but had yet to use them in the classroom. I found a printed turkey that was fairly simple and made several copies of it. I placed the copies on a tray on the art shelf. Right next to the tray of turkey papers I placed the tray you see below which holds four of the texture plates and a box of crayons. To do this project the child takes one turkey paper and the red tray to a table. They place the texture plate with the textured side up and then place the turkey outline on top. Using a crayon they fill in an area of the turkey with color. This work is so good for strengthening the little muscles in the fingers. Rubbing a crayon across a textured surface creates more resistance or "drag" than just drawing on a piece of paper on a smooth surface. This makes it an excellent activity for developing fine motor skills. I have been so pleased with how popular this work has been in the classroom. It has been chosen by some of my younger children who typically do not choose this type of work. In addition to improving fine motor skills, this activity requires sustained concentration and attention to detail.
Here is just one of many examples of the turkeys that have been created this week.