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Six Stellar Sticker Activities

Posted by Krissy on June 16, 2009

Most toddlers are fascinated with stickers, and my Sawyer is no exception.  Every time I see a pack on sale, I grab it for our overflowing sticker collection.  Stickers provide an easy go-to activity for every busy mom; just give your little one a piece of paper and sheet of stickers and get their lunch prepared or the floor mopped without fuss.  But there are so many more things you can do with stickers to make them even more fun and creative.  Here are six ideas to take sticker-fun above and beyond that plain old piece of paper!


1.  Create Lines & Patterns

Help your little one build fine motor skills and even early math skills by encouraging them to place their stickers in lines and patterns.  Start by drawing or having them draw one long line on the paper and show them how to place their stickers in a row covering the snaking line.  Show them how to create a pattern along the line (i.e. one Elmo, then one Big Bird, then one Elmo sticker, and so on).  But be careful not to hinder their creative fun by forcing them to stay on the line or with the pattern if they really aren’t into it. 

5.  Start with a Background

Instead of just handing your little one a blank piece of paper every time (not that it’s a bad idea once in awhile), give her a background to start with.  Use a sheet from a coloring book or a page from a magazine.  Have her draw something first.  Or if you’re really feeling ambitious, draw the background yourself.  My son’s favorite is when I draw him a winding road or choo choo tracks for his car, truck or train stickers.  But try playing up the silly factor by pairing backgrounds with unlikely stickers, like sea life stickers on an outserspace scene.

3.  Create a Reward Chart

Stickers are a great reward for good behavior.  Let your little one see her accomplishments add up by adding her stickers to a reward chart.  You can start with just a blank sheet of paper, a self-drawn design (of course, our design of choice is always the road and train tracks), or even design and print off a free chart from ChoreCharts.com.

4.  Decorate Cards & Gifts

Let your little ones in on the gift-giving by having them decorate cards and gift-wrapping with stickers.  Use inexpensive blank notecards, plain gift bags, or even recycle paper grocery bags for wrapping paper.  Match the stickers to the interests of the gift recipient for a personal touch. 

We used stickers to transform this wipes container into a potty training reward treasure box.

We used stickers to transform this wipes container into a potty training reward treasure box.

5.  Decorate 3-D Objects

You don’t always have to think flat when it comes to stickers.  With just a few fun stickers, recycled wipes boxes become magical treasure chests and empty plastic water bottles become dazzling vases.  The sky’s the limit!

6.  Make Your Own

Give your little one some markers or crayons and a sheet of plain white labels to easily create their own stickers.  Or cut their already made creations into smaller shapes and run them through a sticker maker.  Just don’t waste time and money on those poor quality kids sticker making kits.  Invest in a Xyron Sticker Machine(which can be found with the scrapbooking supplies and actually costs about the same amount anyway) so you can use it for your arts and crafts, too!

Leave a comment and let us know what your little one’s favorite sticker activities are!

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Wordless Wednesday: Sawyer’s First Symbol – A Face

Posted by Krissy on June 10, 2009

Sawyer's First Symbol

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Wordless Wednesday: The First Print

Posted by Krissy on June 3, 2009

Sawyer, at 17 months of age, enjoys his first finger-painting print!
First inger-paint Print

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Target Sponsors Free Nationwide Museum Admission

Posted by Krissy on May 28, 2009

Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

Don’t cancel those arts and cultural activities just because we’re in an economic recession!  As part of their charitable giving program, Target brings arts education to the masses by sponsoring select free and discounted events at museums nationwide.  I can’t wait to take advantage of the Target First Wednesdays at the Please Touch Museum in nearby Philly.  Check out Target’s site to find a participating location near you!

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Tuesday Newsday: Recycling and Art Work Together in Philadelphia

Posted by Krissy on May 26, 2009

Photo courtesy of KYW Newsradio

Photo courtesy of KYW Newsradio

The city of Philadelphia ingeniously draws community attention to two important causes at once: recycling and art!  The Philadelphia Tribune reports that The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program collaborated with The Design Center at Philadelphia University and 60 school students to transform 12 recycling trucks with colorful, textile-inspired designs.  What a wonderful way to bring art (and recycling) to the forefront of our children’s everyday surroundings and consciousness!

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B.Inspired to Inspire Creativity in Your Child

Posted by Krissy on May 21, 2009

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

Photo courtesy of Flávio Takemoto at http://www.flavio.pro.br

Photo courtesy of Flávio Takemoto at http://www.flavio.pro.br

As a former art teacher, this is the quote that best demonstrates my philosophy of art education.  I truly believe that every person has an inherent creative force.  And I believe that it is (or was) my job as an art teacher to nurture that creative force in each of my students.

Now as a full-time mother, I am starting to see that creative force, full force, in my 2 year old son, Sawyer.  It greets me everyday in his imaginative play, nonsensical stories, goofy new lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and finger-painted masterpieces.  The creativity just oozes out of him, with seemingly little assistance from his father or I.  And after more thought, I realize that we do play a vital role in his crazy creative energy.  It’s not just his elementary art teacher’s job to nurture that creativity (when he goes to school in 3 years.)  Without proper attention, the excitement and innovation might fade by then.  It is our responsibility as parents to tend to it now, while it’s so prolific and pure! 

So I’ve made a promise to myself and most importantly to my children to make their creative energy a parenting priority.  Everyday I will post about clever products, crafty projects, and creative parenting tips and tricks.  So, please, join me in my journey, and “B.Inspired” to inspire creativity in your little ones!

When do you see your children’s natural creativity?  What creative activities do they most enjoy?

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