A favorite fine motor activity is experimenting with sticky paper. You know, that sticky stuff that some refer to as contact paper? It’s sold in the kitchen aisle at your grocery store, most likely. Well, we love this stuff. Seriously, we go through rolls of it every year. One favorite was our happy sun catchers that looked so lovely in our classroom window.
For this particular activity, we started it on a flat surface and then moved it to a vertical surface. The children noticed how different it felt once the sticky paper was attached to the back of the block shelf. They realized that heavier pieces had a harder time sticking, and some pieces fell off minutes later. Our toddlers simply enjoyed peeling the pieces off and pressing them back on, over and over again.
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What you will need:
- Sticky paper
- A piece of recycled cardboard
- Your choice of materials to press on the sticky paper
The tabletop version:
- Cut your cardboard to the desired size.
- Cut the sticky paper the same size.
- Unpeel the backing from the sticky paper and place it on top of the cardboard, sticky side up.
- Place both on a flat surface and tape all sides, securing it to your flat surface.
Fill a tray with the materials that will be pressed onto the sticky paper. Invite your children to press them anywhere on the sticky paper.
Hanging the sticky board vertically:
We simply taped everything to the back of our block shelf. We placed the tray of materials below it.
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