Inspired by other "sticky table" ideas that I've seen around the web ... I thought it would be fun to use the sticky table idea to have our preschoolers create shapes from thin foam rectangles and some large shiny "twist ties". We referred the rectangles as "lines" and read the book "When a line bends ... a shape begins" by Rhonda Gowler Greene.
The large shiny twist ties were also interesting, because you can bend them in various ways and they could make more 3-dimensional objects with those.
This is a wonderful open-ended activity (as you really never know exactly what the children will come up with!). You could use other types of straight (yet bendable) collage materials, such as pipe cleaners, construction paper strips and yarn. Break out the clear contact paper ... and let the creating begin!
Laura Eldredge is a teacher and curriculum coordinator at a NAEYC accredited early childhood program in Connecticut. She also co-founded the website The SEEDS Network, as a way to provide early childhood professionals with ideas and resources that support them in their quest to provide quality care and education to our youngest learners. She blogs at www.theseedsblog.com.