If your preschooler is like most kids, she loves making crafts and showing off her handiwork when she's done. You love keeping her busy so you can get something done. The silky touch of satin, gentle pile of fur or rough feel of bark makes some touch and feel crafts enjoyable for her because she enjoys the different sensations of each texture and the 3-D effects she can create.
Your preschooler can build a neighborhood diorama with a shoebox and stuff he finds outside. Twigs with leaves could become tall trees and grass clippings or torn and crumpled tissue paper become grass. Mud bricks create a brick house or he can form one with siding from textured paper. Soft pieces of feather boa provide bright feathers for his clay birds and fur for animals. Small pebbles or tiny tiles become rock walkways, homes or mountains. Each texture gives him a different effect and more options than he can get with blocks.
Your preschooler might enjoy making beautiful beaded jewelry crafts she can wear to dazzle you. Fabric tubes filled with hard and soft beads become princess necklaces or bracelets. She could string diverse shaped and textured beads on plastic lacing or thick yarn. To add an element of surprise, she might select each bead by touch from a closed box or bag.
Puppets give your preschooler a creative way to tell stories. He could make puppets using fabric and yarn. For example, he can add yarn hair, wiggle eyes and a fabric mouth and nose to a head made from a polystyrene ball. Cut-up rags or discarded clothing become the clothes for each puppet’s cardboard body. He might choose various fabric textures to match the puppet characteristics such as faux fur for an animal, flannel for a lumberjack’s shirt and velour or a shiny knit for a prince costume.
Your preschooler can create a useful patchwork blanket with diverse colors and textures. Quilt shops often sell pre-cut squares she can use to make the patchwork pattern or you can cut up discarded clothes and linens into textured geometric shapes. Grid lines on a toddler bed sheet provide a simple foundation for the project. She can glue the fabric shapes to the sheet to keep it from becoming stiff or you can iron each piece into place using fusible interfacing. When she's finished, she has a beautiful nap blanket or a decorative wall hanging.