Sensory Art with Sticky Paper
Sensory art, to me, is an art filled project full of sight, touch, and scent. My kids love sensory art because of the extra added sensory elements. Being hands on and able to do as they want with their artwork is always a big hit here. This is great to let them build their independence and figure out things as they go. Sensory art gives them a chance to use their own creativity and produce their own masterpiece. Process art vs. product art. This art project we did would fall into the process art category (an example of product art would be footprint art…having a known outcome before you start). This was an art project with no set outcome. The kids had free reign to do as they wanted. We enjoy both but I think process art would win out most days.
What we used:
sticky paper or contact paper
What we did:
My toddler and preschooler did their crafts at different times. I opted not to let my toddler use the colored glue as it will stain your hands a little but nothing that wasn’t gone by the next morning.
I cut contact or sticky paper into pieces for the kids to use. I taped those to the table with the sticky side up.
My 5 yr and I did his art project first while little brother napped. He went straight for the glitter glue. He painted it on his sticky paper. You may think why add glue to sticky paper. I was all about the sensory experience and process for this art project. The scented glitter glue added to the sensory experience and made it so much more fun.
After painting his contact paper he started adding the textured items I had added to our tray. We had soft tissue paper, slick star sequins, and rough rick rack.
The glue did help press the tissue paper down after he painted over it.He was having a blast adding items to the sticky paper. I was sitting beside him and enjoying the nice scent of lemon and cranberry mandarin from the scented glue.
Once he had it just right we decided to add white contact paper to the top. I pressed it down to seal in the artwork.
Then I flipped it over to see his creation. An amazing sensory art project with sticky paper.
When my toddler 2 yr and I worked on his project later that day, I opted not to let him have the glue. I wanted him to have free reign and for me not to be worried about him squeezing glue all over the house (because he would). Without the glue, he could have full control over what he did with his sensory art project.
He has been dying to use that rick rack for something. He sees it when I get in the craft closet and asks about it almost every time. Today he finally got to use it and he was thrilled.
He had fun exploring his senses during this art project. He was hands on and in control. This is a perfect project for the growing, independent tots in our lives.
I just love how they turned out and the kids were so proud of their creations. Sensory art is a loved activity over here and we hope you and your kids may enjoy it too.
All kids are different and only you can decide how you let your kids play. And with what materials you let them play with. My children are supervised when playing. Please keep this in mind with any post you read of mine!
I am an everyday stay at home mom. I have 3 boys ages 5 yr to 1 yr. I love to find fun activities, crafts, recipes…. for us to do together. When I am not washing clothes and chasing the boys around I enjoy sharing our activities and crafts on my blog.