It has been a pleasure to take part in the 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge Blog Hop hosted by the Adventures of Adam blog. Taking part in this series has helped me step out of my usual blog posts and create this fun winter sensory "sticky" play activity. I bought a roll of sticky clear contact paper from Walmart and dreamed up this fun winter wonderland scene to share. This creative sensory play is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to explore.
Bubble Wrap Art
I wanted to create a textured snow landscape that could easily stick onto the "sticky" side of the contact paper taped to the sliding glass door. What came to mind was painting bubble wrap with blue finger paints and sparkly silver glitter glue. I mixed the blue finger paint with the glitter glue and swirled it together. Little Bee used his fingers to transfer the sticky paint onto the bumpy bubble wrap and he also used a round scrub brush. I let the painted bubble wrap dry and then I placed it onto the bottom half of the sticky contact paper on the window.
DIY Paper Snowflakes
I cut out several small paper snowflakes to add to this fun winter scene. Just in case you need a step-by-step guide to creating your very own snowflakes, I've included a picture tutorial for you to follow. I cut out strips of paper, folded a corner into a square shape, cut the long part off to have only the square shape, folded in half and then folded in half again as shown above. Finally I cut into the sides of the folded snowflake to create this unique design. Little Bee used the blue finger paint and glitter glue to hand paint the snowflakes for our winter scene.
Glitter Glue Painting
I also had these pre-cut store bought giant snowflakes in my craft drawer. Little Bee enjoyed using the orange glitter glue to paint these pretty snowflakes. The glitter glue is sticky and fun to explore.
Next, I cut out several winter wonderland evergreen tree shapes for Little Bee to paint with a green glitter glue. He used his fingers to spread the glue around and sometimes the trees would stick to his hands. At one point he lifted up his hand with the tree stuck to it and said, "Sticky." Little Bee loved playing with these gooey crafts.
Fine Motor Exercise - Winter "Invitation to Play"
I set up a tray full of materials to stick to the contact paper winter scene. Inside the tray were paper trees, paper clouds, paper snowflakes, small pompoms, gold sequins, forest animal stickers, and cotton balls. Little Bee helped me stick all the materials onto the contact paper.
Little Bee especially enjoyed using his fine motor skills to pick up and place the gold sequins onto the contact paper.
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