With our schools being closed due to COVID-19, I thought I’d start posting more regularly and try to increase the number of activities for kids on the blog. I’ve had several emails and messages looking for help and ideas…especially for those suddenly homeschooling. I’d like to help however I can! Let me know what you’d like to see!
This activity is one of my favorites to pull out when my nieces are here. It’s super easy, and they get some great fine-motor practice. Plus, sticking pieces on the contact paper and taking them off can take a while (depending on how meticulous your child is). Sometimes I just need a few minutes to catch up on dishes (or sit down, lol) when I have six kids in the house! 🙂 This is also a great sensory activity utilizing a variety of textures and a sticky surface. You can try foam pieces, magazine pictures, cotton balls, foil, felt–anything that is fairly flat and lightweight and can stick to the contact paper!
I usually do this activity with toddlers up to preschoolers, but sometimes even my older kids like to get involved. They make artwork that is much more intricate! It’s really an activity all ages can do.
Sticky Picture Art
- Contact paper
- Lightweight objects to stick to the paper (sequins, felt, foil, foam pieces, paper, etc.)
- Tape (if you want to add a little extra to hold it up on your window or table)
Cut off your desired amount of contact paper. I usually fold the edge about 1/2 inch and then stick it to the window or door. I will often use tape (painter’s or scotch) to make sure it is secure to the surface. We also sometimes do this on the table. I just like how it “glows” in the window a little bit better.
Put out a variety of lightweight objects that your child can stick to the paper.
Let them stick and re-stick, take down pieces, move pieces, etc.
That’s it! Since we usually use sequins and foam pieces, I often have my nieces take them off when they are done if they are still in good condition to reuse later.