I love this sticky paper art activity as a quick go-to indoor activity for my son, especially when he needs a quiet moment. As well as being a great boredom buster, this activity helps toddlers develop fine motor skills.
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It's super easy to set up!
1. Attach a length of Contact Paper, sticky side out to an easel with clips or to a wall with painter's tape.
2. Make available a large quantity of collage type materials: torn up papers, buttons, feathers, gems, poms, fabrics, etc. You can get a tons of materials in convenient jumbo craft supply buckets like these, but you can also rummage around the house. Honestly, the kids will still like it even if you use torn-up junk mail!
3. Show your toddler how to stick items to the sticky paper.
4. Step away and let your kid have at it!
My son was in a one-color-at-a-time phase when I took this photo. I find that focusing on one color for art projects, as I explained in this post about single color preschool art ideas, frees him up from his tendency to overthink everything and his resistance to art projects in general.
Sticky Paper Art Extension Idea
I extended the activity by providing a box full of different colored materials and my son spent some time sorting out all the orange items.
Don't discourage your child from pulling off the items they have already stuck on the sticky paper. The deconstruction and destruction of art is also a creative endeavor! Also your kid will stay occupied for longer, and why wouldn't you want that??
When my son was finished he loved pulling all the craft bits off and, hey -- it saved money because we reused the sticky paper the next time we needed a quick boredom buster!
Disclaimer: Children under three require supervision when using small objects.
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Oh, we looooove contact paper here! We haven't used any in awhile, either...I remember taping a large piece of it to the floor once and letting CJ walk on it barefoot- she LOVED it. Thanks for the reminder.
Maddie, Mad Rambler says
I like your take at "one color at a time" not only does it help teach the color but it makes for such beautiful artwork.
OH-MY-GOSH! what a fabulous idea. You are a genius. I will definitely have to try this with my 3.5 y.o ds.
I *love* the idea of contact paper - it's now on my shopping list! I enjoy your blog - i've added you to my blogroll at JM's Adventures
so we tried this...and it wasn't as wildly popular as I'd hoped. Oh well. I posted pictures on my blog.