What’s sticky paper? In Australia it’s called “contact” and it’s the stuff we use to cover our kids school books with, among other things. We can buy it at the supermarket pretty easily, especially at the beginning of the school year. This clear stuff is the easiest to find, either at stationary shops or the supermarket, and is pretty cheap too.
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Sticky Paper Play for Babies and Preschoolers
You will need:
- 1 roll of contact (sticky paper)
- masking tape
- craft supplies (we used foam shapes, cup cake wrappers and pop sticks because they were the most baby friendly options)
For baby play:
- Cut a large rectangle of sticky paper from the roll. Carefully remove the paper backing and use masking tape to stick it sticky-side-up to the floor.
- Show baby the paper, encourage baby to touch the paper and crawl on it. Put light toys on the paper and encourage baby to pick the toys up.
For preschooler play:
- Cut a large rectangle of sticky paper from the roll. Carefully remove the paper backing and fold back the top and bottom edge to stick the paper to your chosen surface. We used a window but you could use a wall or easel.
- Stand back and watch the creativity flow! Preschoolers love creating on sticky easels like this. It’s also great for toddlers and school kids – we had another go a week or so later when my 8 year old nephew came over to visit. He loved it :)
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