Building with blocks on the sticky easel

While I am on the subject of Sticky Easels, I thought I would share with you how one of my young boys decided he would use the sticky easel…

It was at the end of the day and I was preparing to take the contact paper off the easel when one of my little friends stopped by and wondered if our blocks would stick to the sticky easel….

I wasn’t sure but I was all for giving it a try!  Keep in mind, that the clear contact paper had been used all day for our other activities so some of the “sticky” wasn’t all that sticky anymore….

Well as you can see, it is possible to play with blocks on the easel.  My little friend continued to play and every once in awhile he would try something that wouldn’t work like trying to stick a long block to the easel like shown below. He quickly learned that the blocks would have to lay on their flat side or they would tumble to the floor…

Since some of the sticky was not all that good, he figured away around this problem as well….

He discovered that if he put the blocks on the very bottom where the contact paper was still quite sticky, he could just stack the blocks up on top of each other….

Of course, the blocks would only stack so high before they all came tumbling down which he thought was part of the fun. He would laugh out loud each time the blocks surprised him and tumbled to the ground….

These new discoveries all took place at the very end of our day so no one else had an opportunity to try this except this little guy.  Everyone else had already headed out to the pickup area to go home so I will replace the sticky and set the blocks out for another day of sticky easel play…

I am sure having a larger group of children play with the sticky easel will bring new dynamics to the block play – just as it does on the floor but I am curious to see how it goes!

Oh, and just as a side note, I have had these blocks out all year and up until recently, my students have pretty much ignored them but lately they have suddenly become the new toy of choice…

I also wanted to give a shout out to my teacher friend Scott because he often shares about the value of block play on his blog titled Brick by Brick and thought he would enjoy giving this a try too!

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By |2012-03-09T17:18:58+00:00March 9th, 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. Trisha March 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I LOVE THIS! I love that the cute and clever little boy figured it out by himself. I love kids! What a fun idea and I bet the others will be doing this in no time. I actually put my blocks away because no one ever plays with them–with the intention of putting them back out at another time. Maybe I’ll set this up and see what happens. Thanks!

  2. Roz Karp March 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hi.. I am sure you know this but just wanted to make sure. There is a product called Press and Seal that is good to use for collages and other sticking activities. It’s like a waxed paper but it’s sticky. I just made a birthday card with it. I lay down a piece of it, put confetti happy birthdays and stars on it. When I was done I placed another sheet on top.. pressed it down, then cut around it. It came out great. Your students could put leaves or shapes they cut also. You could use it for window decorations, too.

  3. Creative and Curious Kids! March 10, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

    love, love,love when little ones explore and discover. They sometimes have the best ideas, don’t they?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Yes they do!

  4. Carolyn March 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a cool discovery! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Scott March 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Oh, Deborah! I can hardly wait to try this. I can see some kids in my class thinking this is the greatest thing. Thanks!

  6. crystal@growingajeweledrose March 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    We have been having a lot of fun exploring with contact paper lately. I can’t wait to try this!

  7. Scott March 20, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    We tried it out this week, Deborah. They really enjoyed it.

  8. Gianne March 21, 2012 at 12:27 am - Reply

    Love it!!!

  9. Vee June 26, 2012 at 12:25 am - Reply

    I have traditional wood blocks and the same set in foam. Foam never gets played with. I am thinking a sticky wall, might get the foam ones up and used.

  10. Debs July 22, 2012 at 2:33 am - Reply

    Would you believe that after seeing this post back when you first posted it… and loving it… and rushing out to buy contact paper… that just today, we *finally* got it out and made our own sticky easel. And I must say, it was an absolute hit! I’ll have a post going up about it this week with a link to this post. Just letting you know. Debs 🙂

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