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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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Mama Loves Monday: Creative Kiddy Finds from Etsy

Posted by Krissy on June 15, 2009

In honor of opening up my new Etsy.com shop, B.Inspired Vintage, here are some of my favorite creative kiddy finds from other Etsy sellers!


Creative Kids Art Bucket by Mom N Mia Quilts

Creative Kids Art bucket


Lavender Scented Play Clay by Mama K’s

Play Clay



Crafty Kids Card Making Kits by Sarah Emily Design

Card Making Kits

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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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Five Simple Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Child

Posted by Krissy on May 22, 2009

Inspiring and nurturing creativity in your little one doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.  It just takes a little thought and attention on your part.  Here are five simple ways to cultivate your child’s creative side today.

1.  Follow Her Lead

Remember: kids are naturally creative.  Creative play doesn’t need to be dictated to them.  So when your little one offers you pretend pizza on her play dishes, gobble it down with enthusiasm!

2.  Ask Inquiring & Open-Ended Questions

Whether during imaginative play or a scribble-fest, ask questions related to your activity that can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”  After you gobble down the pizza, tell her it was yummy and ask what great ingredients she used.  You might be surprised where her crazy answers will take you next!

3.  Provide Simple “Tools”

We’ve all been there: we go out and spend way too much money on the latest, greatest “educational” toy just to have our child play with the box it came in!  So save your money and rethink your definition of “toy.”  Go ahead and let your little one play with your pots and pans.  They just might turn into perfect nesting blocks, clanging instruments, or a helmet for a robot!

4.  Give Her Space

Don’t get me wrong; developing kids definitely need quality interaction with caring adults.  But leave them to their own devices for some (supervised) alone time while you take a break or catch up on housework, and you might be really surprised at the creative stories, imaginative play, and silly songs you hear!

5.  Redefine “Creativity”

The most creative kid isn’t always the one who can create the most realistic stick-figure family portrait in her preschool class.  Rethink what it means to be truly creative.  Every out-of-pitch tune or unrecognizable scribble is important in your child’s creative development.  So quit striving for perfection and celebrate their effort!

Photo courtesy of Ned Horton

Photo courtesy of Ned Horton

For further reading and research on creativity in children, check out the following great articles:

The No Push Method for Developing Creativity

Creativity Belongs to Children

Creativity in Young Children

Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control

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