INSIDE: Christmas Tree Sticky Wall is an adorable and super fun learning activity and craft for toddlers and preschoolers! First practice letters (or colours, shapes or whatever learning outcome you have this holiday season). Then let the real fun begin! Decorating a sticky wall Christmas tree is almost as fun as decorating the real thing!
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.
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Drawing your Christmas Tree Sticky Wall
Unroll the contact paper and cut off the size required for the activity. The back of the contact paper has lines that you can follow.
Draw a simple outline of a Christmas tree on the plastic side of the contact paper. That is the opposite side to the paper. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect! Trust me your toddler or preschooler will still love this activity no matter what your drawing looks like! Draw this BEFORE sticking your sticky wall up. I used paint sticks to colour in my tree.
Be sure to draw and colour in in your Christmas tree before you stick the contact paper up on the wall. It’s much easier to draw on the none sticky side of the contact paper.
Once you put up your sticky wall you can write the letters on the sticky side.
Preparing 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 on the plastic side. 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 sides.
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.
Fully tape down your Sticky wall using painter’s tape.
Christmas Tree Sticky Wall
For this activity I wanted my preschoolers to practice letter matching. So I cut out some Christmas lights shapes out of construction paper and wrote lower case letters on them. I wrote the capital letters on the tree. I then invited them to match the lights to the letters on the tree.
Once they were done that the real fun began! I pulled out some cotton balls, gems, foam shapes, small pom poms, tissue paper, buttons and yarn and let them finish decorating the tree.
Just like a real tree, you start off by putting up the tree then finish with all the ornaments!
This activity is good for kids 2.5 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.
Supplies for Christmas Tree Sticky Wall
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- Contact Paper
- Construction Paper
- Painter’s Tape
- Tissue Paper
- Small Pom poms
- Cotton Balls
- Foam Shapes
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