Do your kids like stickers? Mine are obsessed! I’m quite happy for them to play with them because they’re great for fine motor skills and because they’re a really quiet and calm activity too, but after a while I thought they might like something to do with them other than just stick them on a bit of paper. They’re are loads of ways that your kids can play and learn with stickers and most of them are pretty cheap ways to keep your kids busy too!
Use it as a way to introduce art
Kids are natural little artist but they love to learn about artists in galleries too! I love the way Kelly from Domestic Goddesque uses stickers to introduce her daughter to Damien Hirst’s art.
Teach them letter recognition
Write a letter on a bit of paper and then get them to use stickers to cover up all the writing.
Practice writing skills
Put some stickers on a piece of paper and then get your kid to join them up like a dot-to-dot
Learn about sizes
Which sticker is the biggest? What about the smallest? Can you put them in order of size?
Learn name recognition
My kids love anything with their names on it and getting personalised stickers printed like these from Fast Print with their names is a great way to help them play and learn at the same time.
Try resist art
Put some stickers onto a bit of paper or canvas and then paint over them, watercolour paint is good for this. When the paint is dry peal the stickers off revealing the canvas underneath.
Make story stones
Add stones to your stickers and you have the perfect ingredients for encouraging storytelling. I love these wild animal story stones from In The Playroom and Anna has a great tutorial on how to make them as well as some more ideas for using them.
We’ve used foam stickers before to make DIY stamps, it was a hugely popular activity with my toddler! You could also put some onto a cardboard roll or rolling pin to make a rollable stamp – great for homemade wrapping paper!
Learn about body parts
Ask your kid to put a sticker on their hand, foot, leg or forehead, a fun way to learn different parts of the body!
Make a matching game
Using large stickers of things such as animals, cut the sticker in half and get your child to put the two parts back together. You can stick the first half of the sticker onto paper yourself or get your kid to do both parts.
What’s your favourite way to play and learn with stickers?