This is what happens when you give a set of stickers to a set of kids

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 2, 2012

in Creative Art, Dot Art, motor skills, Sticker Dots

Making the rounds in social networking has been this wonderful post titled, “This is What Happens when you Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids.” from Colossal. This post shares the wonderful artwork called, “The Obliteration Room.” If you haven’t taken a look at their sticker dot covered white room yet, it is worth a quick peek!

Piano Dots - Yayoi Kusama’s ‘The obliteration room’

Inspired by this work of art, I created our own mini-version of this dot art process by setting out different colors of sticker dots in our easel for the day…

The children stopped by the easel all through out the day to add a dot here or there…

This art process isn’t just visually amazing, it is open ended and it seems to reach out and invite every child in the classroom to stop by and participate at their leisure…

All day long the children kept adding dots to the easel…

And all through out the day, the children were putting their fine motor skills to work as they worked to peel off the dots from the sticker paper…

Every once in awhile, I would have a child stop and ask me if I could help them peel off the sticker. Instead, I would sit down with the child and show him or her how to bend back the sticker paper a bit to make the dot pop up and then peel it back on their own. Every child was able to do this on their own by the end of the day…

Sometimes, I would see one child off by him/herself taking time to add more dots…

And other times, I would look over and see children working on the dots with their friends…

I have to also mention that this was a great tool to use while children were waiting a turn or waiting for the other students to finish snack or when just needing something to do for a few minutes…

I was planning to leave the easel with the dots up all week, but we ended up needing the easel for another activity.  I definitely want to bring this process back into my classroom but I would like to see this process made available to the children over a longer period of time so I am trying to decide on a surface or canvas I can leave out over a longer period of time…

What resonated with me the most after reading the post shared by Colossal was that sometimes an art process takes time and the beauty of the process is that it may always be a work in progress…

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1 Simply Sara March 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thanks! I have giant post-it easel chart paper. I’m going to pick up some of these stickers this weekend and turn my 3 year old loose! She’ll love it!

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I hope she has fun sticking dots!

3 Chris March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I just absolutely <3 <3 <3 THIS!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Thank you Chris:)

5 Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam March 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

You’ve got the wheels turning in my head with lots of ideas for how to use sticker dots. Thank you for sharing the art installation. It is inspiring!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I love it when wheels are turning!

7 dianne March 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I did this on Friday in the classroom – I was amazed how much the children loved it and one special boy used his dots to cover other dots (how amazing and precise is THAT)

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm

It is wonderful Dianne! I noticed that the children were just starting to add dots on dots before the end of the day. I have to put this back up and see where they go with it:)

9 Maureen March 3, 2012 at 10:11 pm

We also did this this week as part of Seuss celebrations. Then on Friday I found the book “Lots of Dots” – wonderful book. I gave each child stickers to take home and create.
http://strongstart.blogspot.com/2012/02/feeling-spotty.html

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm

What a wonderful gift to extend the process at home!

11 Esther March 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

We love lots of dots book! Love the stickers and the activity! Were did you get the dot stickers?

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I got them from either Walmart or from Staples:)

13 Kim Curic March 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Good on. Been wanting to do it for a while and you beat us to it

14 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

It is worth doing for sure Kim! We loved it!

15 Michelle March 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

What a beautiful idea! I can’t wait to try it in my classroom. My kids have read the book Press Here before too and just love it.

16 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

That is one of my favorite books!

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