You guys know that Vin and Cc looove stickers. They have a special case full of collage supplies, but none of the lovely tactile, brightly coloured, crinkly paper and sweetie wrapper contents get a look in if there are stickers included! I thought this week we'd expand on this fascination and make our own sticky table.
I say table, we have just had a beautiful new dining table delivered, and I'm pretty sure it would mean instant divorce if I were to cover it in contact paper - I use this tray for storage mostly, but it does come out quite often for sensory tubs and paint experiments. I flipped it over and stuck the plastic to the underneath...
I can just see his little half smile in this pic, they do look at me funny sometimes, but I think they're getting used to my crazy schemes and playtimes!
I set out a tray of stuff I thought would be fun to stick - plastic sea creatures, drinking straws, cookie cutters, cotton reels, bottle tops, fuzzy felt pieces, magnetic letters, cut up kitchen sponge and some toy cars. I lef the collage box nearby in case that caught their eye, and a set of tongs which seem to be getting a lot of use lately.
I love that this is mostly a process driven activity - but that it looks so crazy and bright at the same time!
I think the tray was just big enough for both kiddos to work together - I always try to think about this when we're doing activities, I want to give them both their space, but we are limited with physical space and resources too (one day when I run my own preschool I will have a room full of giant sensory tables big enough for a hundred kids at a time!) I think working in a smaller area means they have to take turns and respect each other's 'work' though too.
They had so much fun with this, we pulled all the pieces off and started again a couple of times before the plastic lost it's stickiness - I think I bought the roll for about £2 and we have more than enough to try some more sticky art exploration - therefore I declare this a play-win!
p.s. there is more sticky table fun at Teach Preschool, Nurturestore and Pre-School Play