Everyday, Simple Idea #31: Easy Stickers

I am sharing some of the simple, daily things I do at home as a Mom that come from my occupational therapy background.

Everyday, Simple Idea #31: Easy Stickerssticker trick

Stickers are one of the favorite activities in my house and clinic.  From toddlers to school-aged children, stickers are a great way to building skills during creative learning.

One of the problems I often run into is that the stickers that are the most fun (colorful and fun images) are often hard to get off the sheet for earlier learners.  There is a simply way to make this task easier and allow children greater independence: remove the background sticker (the sticker that surrounds the real sticker).

sticker trickWhy?

Stickers are great for working on fine motor skills.  Peel off stickers helps to build the grasping skills needed for later writing skills (called a radial-digital grasping pattern).  It also encourage the developmental of bilateral skills through the use of 2 hand working together.  Vision skills are used as a child scans and selects a sticker and works to place it on their art work

For more on the benefits of playing with stickers, see my post Everyday, Simple Idea #7: Cheap Stickers.

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Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net