This is what happens when you give a set of stickers to a set of kids

Making the rounds in social networking has been this wonderful post titled, “This is What Happens when you Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids.” from Colossal. This post shares the wonderful artwork called, “The Obliteration Room.” If you haven’t taken a look at their sticker dot covered white room yet, it is worth a quick peek!

Piano Dots - Yayoi Kusama’s ‘The obliteration room’

Inspired by this work of art, I created our own mini-version of this dot art process by setting out different colors of sticker dots in our easel for the day…

The children stopped by the easel all through out the day to add a dot here or there…

This art process isn’t just visually amazing, it is open ended and it seems to reach out and invite every child in the classroom to stop by and participate at their leisure…

All day long the children kept adding dots to the easel…

And all through out the day, the children were putting their fine motor skills to work as they worked to peel off the dots from the sticker paper…

Every once in awhile, I would have a child stop and ask me if I could help them peel off the sticker. Instead, I would sit down with the child and show him or her how to bend back the sticker paper a bit to make the dot pop up and then peel it back on their own. Every child was able to do this on their own by the end of the day…

Sometimes, I would see one child off by him/herself taking time to add more dots…

And other times, I would look over and see children working on the dots with their friends…

I have to also mention that this was a great tool to use while children were waiting a turn or waiting for the other students to finish snack or when just needing something to do for a few minutes…

I was planning to leave the easel with the dots up all week, but we ended up needing the easel for another activity.  I definitely want to bring this process back into my classroom but I would like to see this process made available to the children over a longer period of time so I am trying to decide on a surface or canvas I can leave out over a longer period of time…

What resonated with me the most after reading the post shared by Colossal was that sometimes an art process takes time and the beauty of the process is that it may always be a work in progress…

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By |2012-03-02T16:00:21+00:00March 2nd, 2012|

About the Author:

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.

16 Comments

  1. Simply Sara March 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks! I have giant post-it easel chart paper. I’m going to pick up some of these stickers this weekend and turn my 3 year old loose! She’ll love it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      I hope she has fun sticking dots!

  2. Chris March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I just absolutely <3 <3 <3 THIS!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you Chris:)

  3. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam March 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    You’ve got the wheels turning in my head with lots of ideas for how to use sticker dots. Thank you for sharing the art installation. It is inspiring!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      I love it when wheels are turning!

  4. dianne March 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I did this on Friday in the classroom – I was amazed how much the children loved it and one special boy used his dots to cover other dots (how amazing and precise is THAT)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      It is wonderful Dianne! I noticed that the children were just starting to add dots on dots before the end of the day. I have to put this back up and see where they go with it:)

  5. Maureen March 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    We also did this this week as part of Seuss celebrations. Then on Friday I found the book “Lots of Dots” – wonderful book. I gave each child stickers to take home and create.
    https://strongstart.blogspot.com/2012/02/feeling-spotty.html

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      What a wonderful gift to extend the process at home!

  6. Esther March 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    We love lots of dots book! Love the stickers and the activity! Were did you get the dot stickers?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      I got them from either Walmart or from Staples:)

  7. Kim Curic March 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Good on. Been wanting to do it for a while and you beat us to it

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      It is worth doing for sure Kim! We loved it!

  8. Michelle March 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful idea! I can’t wait to try it in my classroom. My kids have read the book Press Here before too and just love it.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      That is one of my favorite books!

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