Hoarding stickers for the right occasion works for me.
Have you ever noticed that your children get stickers everywhere you go? At the grocery store, the doctor’s office, at preschool, on advertisements in the mail? Some from Grandma at Halloween or Valentines Day?
Get a sticker box. Occasionally, my son wants to wear a sticker he has been given immediately. Often, though, the sticker is forgotten and left in the car or on the counter in the kitchen. I hoard all such stickers. I keep them in a little plastic see-through box. Occasionally, I buy stickers I like and add them to the box, but the majority of the stickers are from elsewhere! I keep the little box out of sight, waiting for the right moment.
When the right moment comes, I break out the scratch paper (or nicer paper if they are making a card or art that they want to give someone) and hand over the box. I used to worry that Duncan or Amelia would exhaust the collection in a single afternoon! Not so. Take courage Mommy and hand over those stickers! Three reasons:
1) The size and variety of the collection make looking half the fun
2) Short attention spans
3) Peeling and sticking takes dexterity and concentration. This is hard work!
When is the right moment?:
when one child is doing something fun and the other gets left behind
when dexterity challenged children want to make art.
Stickers are great for the plane. I bought a cheap little photo album for $1. My toddler stayed busy selecting stickers, sticking the stickers on scratch paper, and then flipping through the album. He loved it and it kept him in his seat, happy and safe.
My daughter Amelia has very poor fine motor control. She feels frustrated when she finds that she can’t do the artsy stuff other girls her age do. Drawing will never be her forte. But she can make a nice card with stickers–she is able to express her creativity and feel good about the result.
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