Sticky paper is so much fun and works wonders for little fingers! With upcoming Valentine’s day, we decided to set up a love bugs sticky play with felt hearts and other bits and bobs we had at home.
Bunch of hearts have been laid on the paper for kids to create their Valentine’s day creatures and enjoy all the textures while creating on sticky paper.
Supplies for Sticky Play
To set up this activity we used:
- contact paper or laminating sheets
- felt sheets
- yarn pieces
- googly eyes
- pom poms
- tissue paper cut in squares
- painters tape
How to Set Up Sticky Bugs Activity?
Have to admit one thing – we don’t have sticky paper and I had to get creative, once again. The closest thing I could come up with was to use laminating sheets since they are sticky as they are. So I took one of those and simply detached it and made 2 of them. One for each of the girls. I used painters tape to attach them on the table.
Setup was like in the picture – bunch of pre-cut felt hearts in different sizes, pieces of yarn, googly eyes, pom poms, tissue squares in pink, red and white. Well, the most of these things are in some shade between white and red.
How Kids Played with Love Bugs?
I have barely placed everything on the table before girls rushed in to see what’s “served” for them to play! Love the eagerness my kids show for our daily sensory play!
Sticky paper was a new thing for them since we never used it before in our play. Specially in combination with tissue paper. It was pretty hard to get it to “unstick” from the sticky paper!
Have to say that it’s much easier for mom to guide toddler in her activities because she copies much of the things older daughter does. Little copy-cat! And, since they are girly girls, first thing to make were bunch of butterflies! On picture above is the little butterfly made by my toddler
And here is a bit more complex work of my older daughter who is actually making a flower right next to her butterfly and later on adding to a butterfly so he can feed from a flower.
Do you think your child would enjoy playing with love bugs? My girls surely enjoyed this sticky activity a lot!
Learning Opportunities with Sticky Love Bugs Activity
As they play, children also work on following:
- fine motor skills
- sensory – exploring different textures (tactile)
- hand-eye coordination
- promote creativity and imagination
- language development
Extend the Play with Books Featuring Love Bugs
Snuggle up with your little love bug and this cuddly board book! Features a soft felt cover, touchable felt on every page, an array of adorable bugs, sweet rhymes, and cuddly illustrations.
Tickle, giggle, and play along with this sweet rhyming board book with plush finger puppet, which delivers heartfelt sentiments of love to baby. The colorful love bug finger puppet is sure to provide hours of giggly fun and is perfect for cozy laptime reading. Love Bug will inspire parents and caretakers to cuddle up and read together with their own little love bugs!
Celebrate your little cuddle bug with this sweet and colorful rhyming board book! With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut cuddle bugs to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story.
Next Play Idea to Try with Your Child
Most of the kids ADORE playing with slime and we have a recipe for sparkly red slime you can try! It provides wonderful sensory experience for young children. Speaking about sensory play, you can also invite them to make textured heart art. On another hand, heart button snake and heart rose garden are awesome fine motor activities your toddlers will enjoy playing. Have fun and happy Valentine’s Day! ♥