A sticky wall is a fine motor platform for so many types of activities: art, building, sorting, and puzzling. It can include open ended activities or can have a prompt, and best of all it keeps kids busy while meeting their sensory and creativity needs. You can create a sticky wall any place in your home and if you have more than one child, instead of making two, you can make a longer horizontal sticky wall.
Materials: Painters tape (this one is great, click the picture to buy it!)
Contact paper (we use this one, also an affiliate link)
1. Cut a piece of contact paper as big as you'd like your sticky wall to be.
2. Facing the sticky side out, slowly peel part of the backing from your contact paper and tape the top corners to the wall with blue tape.
3.. With blue tape at the ready, completely remove the rest of the backing and tape the bottom corners to the wall. Make sure the contact paper is pulled tightly before taping it.
4. With all the three corners taped, use blue tape to tape a border around the entire piece of contact paper.
5. Optional: Add colored pieces of paper behind the contact paper and tape those to the wall.
Open ended play with recyclables. We used toilet paper rolls to create a pom pom slide.
Place a coloring page with your child's favorite characters behind your sticky wall and with tissue paper or construction paper, have them tear off sections to "color in" the character.
Coloring page sticky wall
Match puzzle pieces together on the wall for a new way to use your puzzles!
Open ended, kids place pom poms on the wall to make shapes or just for the sensory experience
Section the sticky wall with color paper behind it so kids can sort items by color. Use flat, lightweight items to make sure they stick.
Sticky Color Sort
Section off the wall into areas for each shape. Cut out paper shapes for this sort. To expand shape knowledge click on this activity for guided questions to ask during the sort.
Open ended and celebratory. This one is perfect for a special day. Blow up balloons and stick them as you please. Throw and see if you can get your sticky wall to "catch" your balloon.
Open ended, kids use letters to stick to the wall and make words. For a more directed learning activity, place capital letters on the sticky wall and have your kids match the lowercase letter (or vice versa).
Letter Sticky Wall
Open ended, kids toss items at the wall to see what items stick. Who doesn't love permission to throw stuff? -Make sure to set expectations on what items can be thrown.
When your sticky wall begins to get slightly less sticky and it's time to switch it out, don't throw it away. Instead let your children decorate it with different kinds of paper (tissue paper, construction paper, cardboard, cut outs) and then remove it. To keep the art intact, place it sticky side against the wall for a beautiful decorative art piece.