Do you really need to make a taby sticky wall? In a word: YES.
I like to keep my activity supplies super minimal. I don’t have time for one-off or gimmicky supplies – I have no space for that. But this one supply…. Oh, it has my heart. And though it’s random, out there, and maybe not that normal, it helps make for one awesome taby sticky wall.
[Yes, I used the word taby and no, it isn’t a typ-o. Taby is my made up word for that space in childhood between baby and toddler. So I call them tabies.]
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What is the magic supply in a taby sticky wall?
Aka the stickiest and bestest toddler activity supply and trust me, you’ll get loads of uses from Con-tact paper.
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You’ve got to make your taby a sticky wall!
I rolled out a good-sized section of con-tact paper, carefully removed the protective backing and hung it sticky side out on my wall.
I taped it to the wall with painter’s tape, and made a basket of “stuff” for him to “stick” with.
What was in the “basket of stuff”?
Oh lots of things – construction paper shapes, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, and cotton balls. Basically, a random smattering of things I found in my laundry room supply area.
I sat with my taby (22 months old) and first we talked about the activity.
“This is your sticky wall!! Look how sticky it is!”
And we took a few turns poking the con-tact paper to get a sense of the feel.
“Let stick things to it!”
I modeled how to choose something from the bin and stick it to the con-tact paper.
And you won’t believe how long he worked!
He stood there, quietly, carefully, and INDEPENDENTLY sticking items to his wall for 21 minutes. That’s basically a taby activity PR for Matt.
I couldn’t believe it!
A small section of con-tact paper and a basket full of “soon to be thrown away” junk made for the best activity.
It’s not a fancy activity but it’s a winner!
I always tell people that the less classy an activity is, the more likely it is to be a winner.
And that’s how this taby sticky wall was.
It didn’t look like much of anything but oh man, was it ever the perfect taby activity!