Stickers are a surprisingly easy and versatile way to build fine motor skills in children ages 2 to 5 years old. The wide variety of options is appealing to many ages and as a bonus, they are a fun activity to keep children entertained during a car ride or for quiet time. The act of manipulating your fingers to peel off the sticker is a great pincer exercise and also a good practice in logic to determine how to get it off of the sheet. To make it easier for younger children just learning, you can peel away the outer layer/stencil so that only the stickers are left on the sheet. There are many activities you can create to help teach colors, letters, numbers and counting at the same time. For example:
Learning Colors – Take a few sheets of construction paper in various colors. Pick up a pack of stickers in coordinating colors. Ask your child to peel off a sticker and place it on the matching sheet of paper.
Learning Letters & Numbers – Take a sheet of paper and draw a large letter or number on it (A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, etc.). Ask your child to place stickers following the lines of the letter or number (pictured here).
Counting – Draw a number onto a sheet of paper. Ask your child to place the corresponding number of stickers onto each sheet of paper and count each one as they place it on the sheet (e.g. count 3 stickers and place them onto the number 3 sheet of paper).
With so many ways to use stickers, it’s always a good idea to have a few sheets handy around the house or in the car. Enjoy!