My daughter had so much fun today with this flower garden sticky wall that I had to get the laptop out and type it up as soon as she’d fallen asleep. My kids love sensory play ideas and I do too, it’s so nice to work out some activities for toddlers that have no mess at all, bliss! This activity is great for toddlers and younger kids as there’s loads of learning in it for them, but older kids will enjoy the chance to make something pretty with a different kind of canvas.
What we used
Contact paper / sticky back plastic
What we did
While my daughter was at playgroup I set this activity up for my daughter, cutting out flower shapes, leaves, grass and stems for the flowers from coloured card. Like all professional bloggers and well organised mums at that point I also realised that I had way less card than I’d realised (it all had Batman drawings on it, oops) so I thought I’d bring in some extras. Of course the extras make it more interesting for your kids anyway so this was a bit of a blessing in disguise. I thought about cutting some shapes out of felt but I thought real flowers would be more fun to play with and frankly, a lot easier to prep too.
All else that was needed was to get the sticky wall ready, I used washi tape to stick the contact paper to my window because in my experience washi is far less likely than normal sellotape to leave marks on anything. It also helps me to justify my washi tape buying addiction. Doing one side at a time, use the washi tape to make a little frame, put all your garden bits and bobs in a tray (I used a baking tray) and you’re good to go!
My daughter loved loved telling me about each thing as she picked it up, yellow flower! Baby flower! and placed it onto the sticky wall. She also thought it was hilarious to pretend the wall was really too sticky for her to cope with (‘Ow!’) which I’m guessing probably wasn’t the case as she then did ‘ow!’ on the window frame too until she realised she was rumbled. She also really enjoyed moving things from place to place as she changed her mind where they should be. For us this activity helped with language skills, learning colours and shapes and was also good for having a giggle about something together. Plus it was pretty and took me about two minutes to clean up afterwards, win!
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