Everyday, Simple Idea #7: Cheap Stickers

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

#7 Cheap Stickerssticker books

I regularly buy these sticker books at my local craft store for $1.  They each contain a few hundred stickers on a theme of varying sizes and shapes.  With 2 small children, a book will last us through 4-6 “sticker projects”, which is well worth $1.  Most 2 year old children can play with stickers with some adult assistance, but most 3 years old can play with supervision only.

Benefits of stickers…

  • Sticker playIt grabs their attention.  Children often enjoy fine motor tasks more if there is something physical to hold in their hands.
  • Teaches hand skills.  Removing the stickers, controlling them, and placing them on the paper requires dexterity of the thumb and the index finger, which is the same motor control needed to learn to hold a pencil to write.  Manipulation of stickers also requires the use of 2 hands together, which helps build motor control and coordination.
  • Promotes visual attention skills.  Visually scan the page for the selected sticker, maintain focus to remove, and then coordinate motor movements to visual attention to put on the desires place on the paper.
  • Promotes creativity, problem solving, and independence to create their own projects. Builds higher-level thinking skills to encourage development of the frontal lobe for executive functioning skills.  Children can create a recognizable picture with the help of stickers long before they can draw anything similar.
  • Quiet and relatively clean.  Not necessary a therapeutic benefit, but a practical one.

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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.