Process art fun with Christmas Contact Paper Art!
Welcome to the final Christmas Play Days activity! I’ve enjoyed being a part of this series with Play Trains, Buggy and Buddy, Fantastic Fun and Learning, My Nearest and Dearest, and Nothing if Not Intentional. We’re sharing open-ended, Christmas-themed activities for the kiddos. Today I’d love to share my students’ Christmas contact paper art!
The boys and girls absolutely adored our Halloween sticky table art, and they’d recently requested to “play with some more of that sticky paper stuff”. I was happy to redesign that activity to have a Christmas theme. Personally, I love how this activity incorporated sensory play and process art in one fun package!
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I used the following items in this activity:
- Contact paper
- Green felt
- Small sparkly pompoms
- Pipe cleaners – red, white, and sparkly
- Green and red glass gems
- Red and green corn kernels (leftover from our colorful corn mosaics)
I placed Contact paper along the length of one of the classroom tables, sticky side up. I secured it with tape to ensure it didn’t get dislodged easily. Then I placed the bits and bobs in a circular serving dish and let the kids get started! The materials in this activity could easily be changed depending on the ages and interests of the children, as well as what materials are on-hand.
How the Kids Played
I didn’t tell the kiddos anything prior to this contact paper art activity — well, other than, “have fun!” They jumped right in with gusto! Some of them simply spread the materials on the sticky paper to see if they’d remain stuck. Other children used the materials to create Christmas trees surrounded by presents.
A few of the children gave their tree trunks patterns!
There were also a few piles of the materials, of course! After making a pile of colorful corn, one of the kids noticed that only the bottom-most corn kernels stuck to the Contact paper. The kernels on top of the pile weren’t touching the sticky table, which meant they didn’t stick.
Another great observation the kids made related to the use of the felt and the sparkly pompoms. When they were re-positioning most of the items, there was no residue left behind. This wasn’t true with the felt and the pompoms, which caused exclamations of surprise from the kiddos! This led to an in-depth discussion of what sticky paper pulls and doesn’t pull.
Next time we create our Christmas contact paper art (and there will be a next time very soon), I think I’ll put out a few less materials. I think some of the children were a little over-excited by all of the choices!
Other Ways to Play
Here are 10 more ways to create Christmas contact paper art with children:
- Fun at Home with Kids made a huge Christmas tree with reusable ornaments
- Twodaloo has some seriously awesome 3D Contact paper Christmas trees
- Mess for Less has beautiful kid-made Christmas stickers
- Mama.Papa.Bubba used tinsel to add sparkle to her life size Christmas tree
- Crayon Box Chronicles had fun using scented rice as part of a lovely Christmas tree
- No Time for Flashcards’s sticky paper tree has such pizzazz
- House of Burke made an “anytime” tree just for toddler fingers
- Rockabye Butterfly used the colors of the season in her trees and candy cane art
- Itsy Bitsy Learners used tissue paper circles to make her little trees a bit different
- Learn.Play.Imagine used amazing sticky paints to create candy canes
Christmas Play Days
My other posts in this series:
Don’t forget to see what my Christmas Play Days buddies are sharing for their final activities!
Make the House Smell Like Christmas from Nothing if Not Intentional
White Christmas Train Play from Play Trains!
Complete the Christmas Picture from Buggy and Buddy
Decorate a Tree Sensory Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Eggnog Cloud Dough from My Nearest and Dearest