At play with Baby: an outdoor 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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About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


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

    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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      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:)

  2. Tan May 1, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

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

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

      Hi Tan – he is 12 1/2 months old 🙂

  3. artsy_momma May 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm - Reply

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

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

      The saying or the North Carolina colors:)

      • 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!

  4. Little Wonders' Days May 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

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

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

      It definitely was a wonderful day:)

  5. Andrea @ No Doubt Learning May 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    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!

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

      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!

  6. crystal@growingajeweledrose May 2, 2012 at 1:11 am - Reply

    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.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 4, 2012 at 12:12 am - Reply

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

  7. Shari Mason May 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    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!

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

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

  8. andiejaye May 5, 2012 at 12:34 am - Reply

    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!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 5, 2012 at 11:20 am - Reply

      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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