A sticky square collage

Exploring shapes can be so much fun and lately, we have been focusing on the shape of a square. This activity was a very simple activity for the children to stop by and add a square any time they wanted…

In our window, I taped up a sheet of clear contact paper with the sticky side facing inside the classroom. On the window seal (ledge), I left a stack of construction paper squares…

We had many things going on during our day so for the first half of our day, the children didn’t even notice the squares. They would walk by and reach out to feel the sticky paper then move on…

And then after snack, one of our little girls noticed the squares and stuck it on the sticky paper and then she added another, then another.  A few minutes later another little girl joined in…

And then more children decided to join in the sticky square fun.  But there was a little problem, the paper was much higher than the children so they had to really stretch and even jump up to try and get the squares up at the top of our window…

Before you knew it, we had an entire group soon working together on getting the remaining squares placed on our sticky square collage…

And when the children ran out of squares (I waited for them to finish) then it was time to go outside…

And so our window now shines bright with colorful squares.  Next week, I will invite the children to see if they can find different colors of squares and remove them from the sticky square collage or we might just let it stay for a bit.  Either way, the sticky square collage gives opportunity to work together, to create, to explore the shapes and colors, and to admire our beautiful class collage…

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By |2012-09-11T10:00:31+00:00September 11th, 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. Janice - learning4kids September 12, 2012 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I always love reading your posts Deborah, you have so many wonderful and inspiring ideas. Thank you for including our bubble wrap painting. x

  2. Nancy September 12, 2012 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Just had an interesting idea–do you think it would work with tissue paper squares, or would they tear too easily? I would look really cool with the sun shining through!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm - Reply

      I think tissue paper squares would be beautiful on the sticky window! You won’t be able to take them off but even our paper squares began to tear as we took them off – so just leave them on for awhile and use them to play games on the window!

  3. Nancy September 13, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Now that I’m “stuck” on tissue paper squares, I think it would be fun to have different sizes of tissue paper squares, as well.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm - Reply


  4. Kristina September 14, 2012 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Love this! I have been obsessed with sticky wall activities lately, so this would be totally fun! Both of my kids would have fun with this.

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