Sandpaper Sticky Art
This tactile activity takes two minutes prep, very low cost and is considered 'contemporary art'; a changing canvas each time it's approached.
MPMK has featured yarn and sandpaper art on their site http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2012/03/yarn-sandpaper-cereal-box-fabulous-3-in.html
Instead of mounting our sand paper on a cereal box, we asked Daddy to make a quick cut with his new saw through a piece of plywood, for a more permanent sandpaper board we can return to again and again.
Art & Literacy
We cut several strips of yarn at different lengths.
O worked on some abstract art, while I tried my hand at yarn cursive. It's a lovely contrast of rough and smooth; 60 grit paper and super soft yarn.
We combined them for a larger piece.
EXPAND ON SANDPAPER ACTIVITIES
Tracing Letters. When I was teaching preschool, I prepped sandpaper numbers for finger tracing. It's the same idea as above, mounting sandpaper on a board or block of sorts, except I cut the paper into numbers the children could trace with their fingers. It's early prep for writing and the children love the repetition of their fingers running over the rough paper.
Sand Block Music. You can create your own instruments by (again) mounting sandpaper on board or blocks. In this case, two would be the minimum requirement so they can be rubbed together for sound effect. http://fairydustteaching.com/2013/05/diy-sand-blocks/