At play with Baby: an outdoor texture walk

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on May 1, 2012

in Infant and Toddler, Outdoor Play, Outdoor Texture Walk, Science and Nature, Screen Free Week, Texture Walk

My grandson and I went on a little outdoor texture walk.  I made an interesting discovery on this nature walk that I hadn’t expected…

For our outdoor texture walk, I walked my grandson around the yard and we stopped to touch different types of nature items.  In the process of our texture walk, I discovered that there are some things my grandson does not like to touch…

It is funny because in the house, my grandson will touch almost anything – even things he isn’t supposed to touch. But outside, he didn’t like to touch the grass. At one point in our walk, we sat down together in the grass and he didn’t reach out to move. It took me a few minutes before I realized that my grandson doesn’t yet like the texture of grass on his hands…

My grandson was happy to reach out to grab a leaf or to feel a tree but he didn’t want to touch that grass. So we moved on to other textures instead…

There are plenty of textures to explore outside. As I watched my grandson explore each texture, I couldn’t help but feel so grateful to be a part of my grandson’s first experiences in exploring nature…

We found many different items to touch but don’t worry – I didn’t just leave my grandson with a big stick. He touched it with his hands and gave it a good look over, then we tossed it aside and continued on our texture walk…

It was a beautiful day and a fun way to spend time “turning on life” with my grandson…

This post is a part of our screen-free week experiences. Turn off the screen and turn on life! (CCFC)

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1 School Sparks Renee May 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

Deborah – your grandson is precious! I can relate to your story, since my grandson did not like the feel of sand on his feet – a bit of a problem at the beach until we just let him wear his socks! :) Two years later he loves the feel of sand! Looks like you had a great time outdoors. Thanks for sharing these great pics. Renee

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

What a great solution! I don’t think my grandson will be averse to grass much longer. He wasn’t walking yet and didn’t like crawling on the grass:)

3 Tan May 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

Those pictures are adorable. I love those curious minds., How old is your grandson?

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hi Tan – he is 12 1/2 months old :)

5 artsy_momma May 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm

How funny that he doesn’t like grass! What a great exploring activity perfect for his age. BTW- Love the onesie!!!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

The saying or the North Carolina colors:)

7 artsy_momma May 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Oh, I didn’t even see the NC symbol on it…. the saying is so cute!

8 Little Wonders' Days May 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

He’s too cute. I bet that was a fun time for both of you.

9 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

It definitely was a wonderful day:)

10 Andrea @ No Doubt Learning May 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

My daughters love texture walks. They are old enough to cover their eyes and walk around the yard…and love guessing what they are touching!

11 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

What a great game to play! I will have to remember that when my grandson gets just a bit older! But I might play that with my class right away!

12 crystal@growingajeweledrose May 2, 2012 at 1:11 am

Aw, my older daughter was the same way. She hated the grass for a stretch of time. We discovered this by accident. She was about 8 months old, and we laid her on her tummy in the grass. She quickly lifted her arms and legs, hovered them in the air, and started to cry lol( she was wearing a jumper). Your grandson is adorable. Thanks for sparking my own fond memories.

13 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

I have heard the same thing from lots of other folks too! I think baby-grass-apprehension is common:)

14 Shari Mason May 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Thank you for this wonderful, free and simple idea. Children learn so much by just exploring nature in our own yards. I am going to do this with my preschool children and have them journal their experiences with pictures they draw as well as what we take digital. I will add the words they say too!

15 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

I love the idea of adding a journal to the experience!

16 andiejaye May 5, 2012 at 12:34 am

that’s so cute! and funny about the grass.. Bear didn’t care for it when he was young too. i just love all these posts with your grandson! it’s so cute to see all the great things you do with him. he’s lucky to have a grandma like you!

17 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

I have taken so many photos of my grandson (of course) but haven’t had the time to share them so this was a fun leave from my usual postings:)

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