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Sticky Thinking

Age Range
5-8 yrs
Setup Time
5 minutes!
Setup Location

Young children learn to compare objects and they notice obvious similarities and differences
among items. Preschoolers and Kindergartners can often compare objects that are familiar to
them, even if the items are not in sight. For example, they may see a dog in the park, and know that
it is smaller than their dog at home. Since they have stronger vocabularies, their use of math vocabulary
-- words such as bigger, smaller, more than, lighter, etc. -- increases.

Use a few simple materials to have some sticky learning time! Adding the element of a vertical surface can completely transform skills such as patterning and sorting!


  1. Tape a piece of contact paper sticky-side-out onto your window/door

  2. Get your pom-poms ready!

  3. Next, make 3 freestanding circles that DON’T intersect, on the contact paper with marker pens

  4. Ask your child to sort the pom-poms according to size from an assortment of sizes in the bowl

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.