This sensory art activity came from going back to the basics and doing such a simple sensory activity for toddlers. It kept them busy all day, and they were so happy doing it! Completely worth the little mess it made!
After walking Henry to school in the morning, we walked to the bakery and then back home. I had a meeting with another mom to plan her son’s first birthday cake, so I needed a quick activity that would keep the kids busy while I chatted.
I went back to simple.
Simple always works. Why don’t I do it more often? Really.
I rolled out some clear contact paper and taped it to the floor, sticky side up. Such a simple sensory activity with just that.
That’s all it took for lots of fun!
The boys walked along the sticky contact paper in their bare feet. Feeling the paper stick to them as they tried to lift their feet up.
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Listening to the sound of it as it peeled off their skin. It actually had a popping sound, much like bubble wrap packaging does (here’s an art project using bubble wrap too).
The boys ran across it, laid down on it, stuck their stuffed animals to it.
And then finally, I brought out some little craft supplies. Pom poms, sequins and scrap pieces of paper. (Yes, these are all in my craft cupboard.)
I didn’t hand them my hold stash, because well, I knew it would be dumped out. Read on Creative with Kids why the dumping stage is actually important.
Instead, I gave them each a little container to stick onto the contact paper.
They stuck the pieces on there all day (seriously, this was an all day activity).
Henry even joined in when he got back from school and made houses and buildings and bridges.
George had more fun dumping the pieces on and spread it out all over.
Louis enjoyed just walking over it all still, enjoying the feeling on his feet and the sound it made.
I did find lots of little pieces of sequins all over our floors over the next couple of days… but so worth it for the time they spent busy with their sensory art!
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