We have begun exploring textiles and fabric. To manipulate them, we have done two things so far: sewing and painting. The children are learned the running stitch by using sewing cards, and then moving on to burlap, and then linen.
The painting on fabric is something I always like to do with children - it is a different sensory experience to drag a paintbrush across a round or smooth piece of fabric rather than a piece of paper. These large fabric squares are a velvet-like material. Another day, we painted on very small pieces of silk.
The initial exploration has been interesting - everyone enjoys it in their own way.