Counting straws on the sticky board in preschool

I like exploring other ways we can use the “sticky table” idea and this week I covered my flannel board with clear contact paper (sticky side out) and we used it to try a little straw counting in circletime…

Each of the children selected a couple of straws and were invited to add their straws to our sticky board…

Once all the straws were added we counted them all together…

Then during center time, the board and straws were set out so the children could stop by and make other designs with the straws on the sticky board…

The nice thing about using a sticky table or a sticky board to explore straws is that the straws don’t roll off. The straws stick pretty firmly to the contact paper making it easy to place the straws where you like and keep them in place…

We had both straight straws and just the “bendable” ends of straws available during our center time for creating sticky board designs…

The children added to the board throughout the day…

I have been asked where I got these bright colored straws. You can purchase these bright colors from Meijer or you can find them on Amazon – see links below…

Super simple and fun idea!
Available on Amazon

By |2012-01-30T06:00:50+00:00January 30th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Pamela Courtney January 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Wonderful, Wonderful idea! I’ll suggest this to staff for their learning centers and group time engagement. Love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 31, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

      I love it when folks share!! Thanks for sharing:)

  2. Nadine January 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    This is great to use in a theme on the 5 senses for touch!!! Love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 31, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

      Yes – it is!

  3. Esther January 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Great idea! Don’t know whether I sound silly! Where do we get the contact paper?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 31, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

      You can get clear contact paper from most department stores or even the Dollar store sometimes carries it. It comes in rolls – often found in the craft or kitchen section of a store. Look for the clear contact paper.

  4. Amy M January 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. jan May 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I love this and I am so excited to get started with this sticky board!

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