I have recently started carrying stickers in my purse. Here’s why. Having stickers on hand can provide an opportunity to connect, give you a good laugh, inspire you to think of others and sometimes even snap you out of your worries.
1. Stickers and Toddlers
Stickers are a useful and fun tool to teach toddlers new words. I was sitting with my sixteen-month old son shortly after Easter had come and gone when I spotted some stickers that were left over from our egg decorating activities. I showed him a sticker of an egg and said “egg” as I stuck it onto his sweater. Giggling, he copied me and now knows the word “egg” as well as “butterfly,” “bunny,” “flower”—the words we learned with the help of this simple sticker game. We spent half an hour sitting together peeling stickers and sticking them on one another, learning words.
Be advised—stickers are small and naturally little ones will try to stick them in their mouth. This activity requires your constant attention and stickers will need to be put out your child’s reach once you are done with the activity.
2. Sticker Art with Kids
Take a blank sheet of paper. Have your child choose stickers she likes and stick them randomly on the pages. Using art materials of your choice (such as paint, crayons or pencils) draw around the stickers creating an original work of art. You can surround the stickers with speech bubbles and create a conversation with one another or be surrounded by shapes. It’s all up to your kid’s imagination.
3. Sticker Hugs
After discovering that I can teach my son new words using stickers, I sent my daughter off to school and my husband off to a pitch meeting while secretly planting stickers on them during our farewell hugs. I was laughing to myself imagining the moment that each of them discovered stickers of cats wearing bunny ears stuck to them. They each came home telling me about the moment they—or someone else—discovered the sticker stuck to them and we all had a good laugh.
4. Sticker Bandit
So, my daughter being a prankster—just like me—started wanting to stick stickers on everything and everyone. I have been guiding her to be selective about where she plants her stickers and make each sticker special by holding it between her palms and attaching beautiful vibes to the sticker. That way the sticker hug has positivity infused into it. I love the positive stickers from Redbubble, and when there is time it’s fun to custom make my own made on compostable and recyclable adhesive stock.
5. Go Super Silly & Lighten Up Someone’s World
There are some crazy fun stickers out there. If it’s in your budget, and you feel like going all out, check out Redbubble for some wonderfully fun and beautiful stickers.
There are my favorites. I crack up laughing every time I imagine one of these stuck to someone. Planting one on your moody teenager’s backpack, binder or lunch box might make their day--or not! They will think of you when they see it and know that you are thinking of them and you love them.