Sticky Wall: Stay Home & STAR

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Sticky Wall: Stay Home & STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

Items Needed:

  • Contact paper or tape (packing tape is best)
  • Masking or scotch tape
  • Lightweight items to stick on (Yarn, cotton balls, tissue paper, plastic buttons, aluminum foil)

  • Optional: a permanent marker for an adult to draw shapes on tape

What to do:

  • Secure your contact paper or tape to the wall sticky side out. Masking tape is a great way to make sure you don’t damage the wall. 

    • Alternatively, use scotch tape on glass doors or windows, or on tile or linoleum floor.

  • Give your child an assortment of things to stick onto the tape.

  • As an extension, use a permanent marker to draw shapes or farm animals on the non-sticky side of the contact paper or tape. Your child can then “color in” the shapes with the items.

Early Literacy Tips:

  • Talk about the different textures of the items. 

  • Count with your child “How many cotton balls are on the tape?”

  • Encourage your child to feel how the tape is sticky but the wall/floor is not.

    • Ask them what else they think might stick to the tape.