This week has been one of those weeks. We moved house earlier in the week and at almost 30 weeks pregnant it did not agree with me! It is at this time (with stacks of boxes everywhere) that I needed a simple activity to keep an anxious 4 year old busy. He does not do so well with big changes.
Let take a look at what stickers can do for any child in the 2 to 5 age group. They provide a great opportunity for fine motor skills, pincer exercises and some logical thought patterns on how to get those tricky stickers off the sheets they come on in the first place!
Lets get started!
Firstly my 4 year old is a bit sticker happy so figured out the entire “get it off the paper it came on” thing awhile ago. (More on this in a bit for the younger ones)
The first idea for this fine motor activity is to just supply a sheet of blank paper and the stickers and let them go for it. This kept my 4 year old busy for at least 30 min. He loves to take the stickers off, stick it on his knees then transfer to the paper sheet.
Another idea is to use stickers on different parts of the body to learn their names. The nose always gets a giggle!
Next, introduce other objects, like below were we added pegs. Stick a line of stickers on the both sides of the peg.
Now my 2 year old on the other hand has trouble with her stickers on the sheets they came on. She is still at an early developmental stage and has yet to figure this out. What I did for her was fold the sticker sheet so that the tops of the stickers were open for her to remove and stick down.
For a 2 year old peeling off the stickers, handling the sticky sticker and being able to actually get it to stick ON the paper is an entire fine motor activity in itself!
Lalymom mentioned that she peels off the skeleton around the stickers for her little one. Good Tip!
Of course older children also find using stickers just as much fun, even if they have good fine motor skills. My 5 year old decided that he would stick row upon row on the color paper. Here he was going for color matching perhaps? (We have been working on our colors lately, but I could be totally off!)
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