I am a student teacher in kindergarten, and I really feel compelled to share an activity we did this week. The topic was Physical Properties - texture. I am in Texas, the TEKS is K.5B. (The kindergarten team found this activity through a blog.) All of the teachers contributed materials for the walk.
We took all six kindergarten classes outside, it was a beautiful day, with their science notebooks. They sat to the side, super excited, while we set up. The first thing we laid out was a plush bathroom rug, next was a box with gravel, a box with sand, a box with rice, corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap, and finally a bucket of ice. The students loved it! It was a cheap way to explore textures in a unique way. After the walk each student sat and drew in their journals all of the textures they felt. This was the first year to try this activity, but definitely not the last. The ideas are endless when it comes to materials to use.