INSIDE: Solidarity Sticky Wall is a fun and easy learning sticky wall craft for kids. It’s a great activity to do during Black History Month or any time of the year to reaffirm you and your child’s commitment to fighting for social and racial justice.
I am not an activist. I am just a mom with three bi-racial kids and want them to grow up in a better world. In order for them to grow up in a world that eschews racism in all forms we all have to do our part.
This easy sticky wall learning activity is just one small tiny way. It is meant to help start the conversation in your home about solidarity and support, a salute to express unity, strength, or resistance. The fist was a rebuff of unjust authority and an act of collective resistance.
In this activity it is meant in peace and solidarity with racial justice ideals for black people. But it is also a fun way to practice learning shapes or numbers or letters!
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What is Contact Paper?
So what exactly is contact paper? It’s a translucent material that is sticky on one side. It’s great for crafts and learning activities. Generally, I like to create sticky walls with it where to you tape it up on the wall using masking or painter’s tape. But contact paper is also used for making sun catchers.
It’s one of my favorite materials to use with all my kids. It’s versatile – you can stick so many things on it. It’s reusable – once you have stuck it up on the wall you can reuse the same piece of Contact Paper until it looses its stickiness.
How to Create a Solidarity Sticky Wall
Grab your black sharpie and draw the outline of the raised fist on the paper side of the contact paper. I did it this way so that when you can trace it on the contact paper and it won’t appear backwards. also if you make a mistake (like I did) you can correct it on the final version.
Flip your contact paper over and trace the fist onto the back of contact paper. Next, divide the fist into small square sections.
There are a few ways you can do this activity. I did colour by shape. You can also do colour by numbers or letters. After drawing the small square sections write in the letter, number or shape into each section.
Finally create a key for your little one to follow. See below as an example.
Next, attached your sticky wall to the wall using the instructions below.
Putting Up Your Sticky Wall
Contact paper has one side that is very very sticky, so unrolling it and taping it to a wall can be a little tricky. Here’s how I do it:
Stick the sticky wall up on the wall using small rolled up pieces of tape in the four corners. Make sure the paper backing side is facing out.
Peel the paper backing off to expose one small corner of the sticky paper. Continue peeling the paper backing off until one side is exposed. Tape that side down fully using Painter’s tape. This will ensure that it doesn’t fall down as your child is playing.
Slowing peel back the remaining paper backing and tape down the other side.
Step 4 (optional)
Remove the small rolled up pieces of tape from underneath the sticky wall. These rolled up pieces were just there to help you get the sticky wall set up and can be removed once your sticky wall fully up. But if you don’t mind them there you don’t have to remove them.
Decorating your Sticky Wall
Take your skin tone coloured construction paper and cut it into small squares. Place it into a bowl and invite your child to use the key to fill in the squares to create the raised fist in all the various beautiful skin tones of us.
Ms. Z is 6.5 years old. This craft is ideal for 3 years +.
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