What's more fun for a preschooler than sticky, icky stuff? Preschoolers' hands are usually sticky anyway. Encourage sensory exploration with this sticky, but not messy, art project— no glue or gunk required!
What You Need:
- Contact paper, cut into a large rectangle
- General craft supplies like glitter, gems, pom-poms, feathers, small pieces of yarn, shells, beads, buttons, fabric flowers and leaves, hole-punched dots or shapes, confetti
- Invisible tape
- Construction paper in various colors
What You Do:
- Cut the piece of contact paper into a good size for your child to create art on top of, perhaps a square or rectangle.
- Assemble the art supplies for your child. You can find hole punches that make various shapes such as hearts and stars, or just use a normal hole punch to create dots out of construction paper. Cut yarn into small strips. Make sure buttons, shells, and beads are not too big or the sticky paper may not hold them.
- When the supplies are ready, peel the backing off the contact paper and lay it flat on a work surface, with the sticky side facing up. Put some invisible tape on the contact paper corners to hold it steady on the work surface.
- Now your child can have fun creating “sticky art”! She can place the art supplies in any pattern she chooses directly onto the sticky paper. She will enjoy arranging items.
- Glitter can be saved as the last item to place on the art. Let her use a glitter shaker to shake glitter over all the sticky areas that are still left uncovered.
- This project is great tactile fun for young kids, so it won’t be a surprise if she wants to do more than one piece. If that’s the case, simply roll another length of contact paper off the roll and start over. You can display her art on a wall or elsewhere -- you may soon have a whole gallery of it!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.