From seed to flower at the sticky table

The sticky table is one of my favorite ways to add a little fun to our classroom day and today, the children extended their study of the growth of a seed to flower using the sticky table…

For those of you who don’t know, the sticky table is simply a table covered with clear contact paper – sticky side up. I use clear packing tape to hold the contact paper in place so it doesn’t move around as the children stick and unstick the pieces I have set out to go with the contact paper…

Today, we were extending our discussion on the growth from seed to plant which you can read more about here and here

To extend our discussion on the growth of a flower, I set out beans (seeds), felt stems (shoots). leaves, flowers, and green yarn (roots)…

Even though we have discussed the pattern of growth from seed to flower, the children are given the freedom to explore the materials on the sticky table however they would like…

My prekindergarten children easily made flowers with roots and seeds but my threes preferred to go about the process in an entirely different way…

It didn’t matter which way the children explored the materials, it still gave us plenty of opportunity to use the words seeds, flowers, stems, shoots, roots in casual conversation as I stopped by to see their work…

The older children did model the growth of a plant for the younger children. One of the things I love about having a mixed age group…

But in the end, the threes chose to interpret this process in a way that was meaningful to them…

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By |2017-05-22T13:08:19+00:00March 27th, 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. Leeanne A March 27, 2012 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Love this – those kiddies are so smart – they really put those pictures together well. The sticky table is such a good way to do this!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      It was nice because it allowed for all kinds of creativity – even though I was shooting for the plants:)

  2. Laura (The SEEDS Network) March 27, 2012 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Oh, you KNOW I’ll be trying this !! Pinned to my “sticky ideas” board on pinterest .. so fun! Thanks for the link! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      I am loving all the fun with sticky ideas too! There is soooooooooooooooooo much you can do with it!

  3. Janice @ learning4kids March 27, 2012 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Oh, I love, love LOVE this!! I just love how you have been incorporating all these wonderful ideas around a spring theme. The sticky table is such a fun way to explore and extend this. I am going to have to set my self up on Pinterest!! :o)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Let me know if you need an invite – I will send you one:) You will love Pinterest but it sure is addicting!!

  4. Pam Ennis March 27, 2012 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I am thinking about using this idea. I have an overabundance of foam squares and am wondering will they work in place of felt, or do they stick to firmly to the contact paper?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Foam would work perfectly!!

      • Pam Ennis March 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Thank you. It was one of those Michael’s buys. We don’t have a Michael’s here 🙁 and were traveling and passed one. I had just fifteen minutes to throw whatever I wanted in the cart and came across a bundle of 150 foam sheets for $5. I ask you what preschool teacher, Sunday school teacher, or Grandmother could pass that up?

      • Pam Ennis March 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

        Also whatever I bought had to fit in a suitcase and pass airport security. Ninety-eight dollars later it was a very tight squeeze and my husband was sure I was nuts.

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        Hahahahahaha! I love it!! I would have had to load up too!

      • Pam Ennis March 28, 2012 at 2:16 am

        PS I have used everything I bought that day in that insane, you have just fifteen minutes before we have to leave for the airport, race through Michael’s, even the picture frame I grabbed on my way to the cash register. While I shopped I made my husband stand in line though or it never would have worked, I arrived at the cash register just as he was the next customer, and with two minutes to spare! I felt like I’d just won a gold medal at the Olympics and I didn’t pay full price for a single thing, oh and my husband ( he is well trained) had grabbed the ad at the door and was ready with a coupon for an additional 30% off of one item. Yay me!

      • Pam Ennis March 28, 2012 at 2:17 am

        Now it sounds like I’m bragging.

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

        Haha – no you sound like you love what you do and all those little successes along the way! I am smiling thinking of what a good sport your husband is!

  5. Debb March 27, 2012 at 11:14 am - Reply

    This is simply amazing!!! HAVE to do this one with my daycare kids and my daughter at home!!!! THANK YOU for sharing………

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      You are welcome Debb – So happy you stopped by!

  6. Erin March 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    hello! i have been reading your blog whenever i get the chance over the past few days… i first started teaching early ed in 2001, and am now teaching at home to a small group of 2 year olds… i have seen a lot of fun and captivating ideas here! thank you for sharing everything with all of us! i was wondering if you might share the type of tables you use in your classroom? i have a very small area to use for my kids, and am looking for tables to use (on a budget!)… yours look like they might work perfectly… 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Erin,
      I bought the white tables from Walmart. They are actually folding tables and I bought two of the smaller ones. The legs raise up to adult height and lower to child height. I use them for the classroom and when I have parent gatherings.

      The rest of my tables (the square ones) come from Big Lots and from Walgreens 🙂

  7. Elisabeth March 28, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    What a fun idea. I’d like to do this with my younger children whom I homeschool. The roots are so fun looking. lol

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