Sensory Wall Mosaic Art

pattern blocks wall art

Following the huge success of our pattern blocks on contact paper play, I decided to try putting it all up on our wall. Emma helped me place several feet of contact paper, and the kids and I had a blast using pattern blocks to create mosaics on our dining room wall!

sensory mosaic for kids

The wooden blocks make for an incredible visual and sensory experience! We decided to add in some small foam blocks we had:

sensory mosaic for kids

These were easier for the kids to stick on, since they are lighter weight – you have to sort of press the pattern blocks on for them to stay – but once up, they’ll stay for hours (it’s been over 48 hours now, and they’ve remained stuck to our wall without any trouble). At first, I worried that the contact paper might ruin the wooden blocks, but it doesn’t seem to be causing any trouble.

sensory mosaic for kids

Johnny especially loved the feel of the soft foam stuck to the contact paper – all the more since we had the blocks spelling out his and Emma’s names!

sensory mosaic for kids

We’ll leave this up for a few more days – it’s fun to play with, and beautiful to look at!


    • maryanne says

      No problems – for the wood pattern blocks either (which I had worried about a little). Contact paper uses a very gentle adhesive. Maybe it would cause problems if you left them up for a long time, say, over a week? The foam blocks fell off sometimes, but I think that was because the kids were barely sticking them in place – the ones I stuck on are still there today, as are some of the ones the kids put up. None of the wooden pattern blocks fell down on their own.

  1. says

    Great idea to make the leap from table top to wall!! When I saw the tabletop version the other day, I thought you’d used the new sticky cling wrap… Press’n’Seal. Would probably work on the table, but not on the wall. (And I can’t think of the prices to figure out which would be more economical.)

    • maryanne says

      Ooh now I’m tempted to pull out our Press’n’Seal to see if it would work as a tabletop version! For length, I’m pretty sure it would be more economical, but it isn’t as wide as contact paper. It’s definitely less sticky…

  2. Stacey says

    How great is this! I actually got rid of my pattern blocks because they were so frustrating… Looks like it might be time for a re-purchase :)

  3. says

    All your posts with contact paper has inspired me and I’ve just done a craft supplies order and put some on (well sticky back plastic as we call it in the UK) I love this idea and what a great sensory wall as well – especially with their names on.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and I look forward to seeing your ideas next week :D

    • maryanne says

      Contact paper is vinyl (or something like vinyl?) that is sticky on one side and not on the other. Ours is clear, but it comes in different colors and patterns as well. I think it used to be a popular shelf liner. We’ve bought it from Staples and Amazon before. =)

  4. Carolyn Wilhelm says

    Wonderful! Your children are so lucky to be able to do things like this. People who read your blog are mmotivated to try somethng similar. Very nice, Carolyn

  5. Julie Moses says

    What is also so very cool about this activity is that by placing it on the vertical service of the wall you are encouraging good wrist extension and development which plays a crucial role in handwriting skills later on. It encourages a correct pencil grip and will discourage a weak wrist that can result in the “hooked over” hand position during writing seen in so many kids. Little do they know that they are working on these skills while they are having so much fun.

    • maryanne says

      I hadn’t even thought about that, but I can see how it could help with developing handwriting skills! Thanks for the insight!!!

  6. Kelly says

    This is such a neat idea. I am going to try it on the wall in my preschool classroom, but I am going to try it with velcro.

  7. says

    Thank you, I love this! Were they able to remove and restick pieces to make new designs
    each day? I have 18 Kinders and know that they would love to move the designs
    around. I already have plastic wooden pattern blocks but would purchase the light
    foam blocks if they could be pulled off and reused on the same sticky paper over a few
    days. I also have small coloured wooden blocks and will try those as well. I have done this with nature materials on a table and it is awesome.

    • maryanne says

      They were able to move the pieces around, with no trouble! The paper does slowly become less sticky over time as little hands touch it over and over. :)


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