When I was a middle school teacher I used contact paper all of the time because it allowed me to transform regular cardboard boxes into nice looking sturdy containers on the cheap. I wish had photos of this but this was well before digital cameras!
In early childhood contact paper is a great creative art material. It can encourage collaborative, fluid, re-arrangeable art. The experiences encourage process thinking. It is really fun and engaging sensory play for babies, toddlers, and children alike. It is movable, interactive art that stretches the mind and body!
For a few months one of Little Miss F's favorite things were scarves. She would giggle with delight feeling the texture of the scarf brush across her face.
Scarves were especially fun before LMF could sit up on her own. She would reach out for them and delight in games of peak-a-boo. Sometimes we’d drape them over her head and let her pull the scarf off herself. This gave her much joy--to suddenly appear before us!
I LOVE squish bags -- they are a fun sensory material for babies, toddlers, and children. And -- they easy to make using everyday materials most of us have around the house.
Babies love textures. I always find it fascinating to watch Little Miss F. brush her hands across an interesting new texture--the bumpy weave of an upholstered sofa, the teeth of a zipper or the silkiness of a scarf.
LMF saw me pick up a canning jar rim and was immediately intrigued--shiny, cool to the touch, and usually hidden away in a drawer--what could be better to explore?