Sticky Windows, Literacy Fun

An easy homemade resource which you can use over and over again. A great way for children to create stories and pictures, mess free!
What you will need:


Preparing the activity

Put some time into preparing this resource once, and you'll have a great activity you can use over and over in the future!

Simply cut 2 - 3 dozen different things out of your foam. The idea will be for the children to use what you cut out to create stories, so consider cutting out any of the following:

  • Letters of the alphabet (template here)
  • Animals (template here)
  • People (template here)
  • Clothes (template here)
  • Weather (template here)

Doing the activity:

This is a totally child led activity, so no process to explain! Simply provide the children with your foam shapes, some bowls of water and paintbrushes and let them do the rest.


The children will quickly find that the water lets the foam stick to the glass; whether they paint the water to the glass or the foam could be the source of interesting observation about fine motor control and problem solving!

This just the sort of activity which can be prepared for children to enjoy without any direct adult input, but if you do want to get some development opportunities from it you might consider some of these questions:

  • What colour is that?
  • What is going on in your picture?
  • Does that person/animal have a name?
  • Where are these people?


Tracking the activity:

22 - 36 months

Expressive Art & Design, Being Imaginative; "Beginning to use representation to communicate, e.g. drawinga line and saying ‘That’s me"

30 - 50 months

Literacy, Writing; "Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint."

Expressive Art & Design, Being Imaginative; "Builds stories around toys, e.g. farm animals needing rescuefrom an armchair ‘cliff"

40 - 60+ months

Expressive Art & Design, Being Imaginative; "Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play"


Thanks to my_little_learners for this lovely activity!

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