Sticker Station – Easy Fine Motor Activity

sticker stationI love stickers and not just because of their power to reward kids with something small that isn’t sugar but because they pack a lot of punch in the fine motor skills department. Peeling those little suckers off the sheet is tricky for little fingers. This is a great fine motor activity to turn to when you don’t have a ton of time to play. Add in new stickers and the whole activity has new life. Add in some crayons and it’s like new again. After I shot some photos I got a load of laundry together, wiped down the bathroom , and got dressed while my little one was happily adding more and more stickers and unbeknownst to her she was working out her fine motor skills too.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some stickers, an envelope, some plain paper, and painter’s tape or thumbtacks. sticker station wall mural

Start by taping your paper to the wall. I like using blue painter’s tape for two reasons; first to save my wall from being wrecked, second because it gives children a clear boundary to the area where it’s OK to add stickers and where it is not.Sticker wall activity for kids set up

Put all your stickers in the envelope. Ours is plastic but a plain paper one would work just as well. You can attach it with painter’s tape too or if it’s really heavy use thumbtacks. Remember that thumbtacks are never safe with children who are still putting things in their mouths. Please use caution and know your child’s abilities and make any adaptations you may need to in order to make the activity safe for your child.adding the stickers

Add your little person. I didn’t explain anything. I just said ” I made you a sticker wall.” and she got right to it.peeling stickers good for fine motor

This is not a structured activity. If your child invites you to participate by all means do but don’t feel you must or should. While my daughter was adding stickers she created little stories to go along with them but if your child doesn’t that is OK. They may sort the stickers, line them up, or make an overall design.sticker wall They may also randomly add one or two and walk away. I wouldn’t give up but I wouldn’t push.  I would see if you had any stickers that better appeal to them , add some crayons to the mix, and leave it up for a few days before giving up. It’s OK for activities to tank too. While this simple sticker station was a big hit with my daughter doesn’t mean your child will love it or that you did anything wrong if they don’t. I have come up with many activities my kids haven’t adored. Move on and don’t worry.

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Fast Friday Fun !

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Number Card

I haven’t had a lot of number activities because I have been following my son’s lead with most of our projects and he has been into many things but numbers weren’t one of them, until now. So for the reader that emailed me yesterday about numbers here is just the first of many to come! This project is fun, fast and perfect for kids who love stickers. Not only is your child developing one to one correspondence , they are practicing their fine motor skills while peeling off the small stickers!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some stiff paper, a marker , scissors and a good number of small stickers.
  2. Fold your paper accordion style. I prefer to fold first because I am terrible with rulers, but you can switch step 2 and 3 if you want.
  3. Draw the outline , boxes and numbers. For younger children keep it simple with a few numbers, older ones can do many! If your child is able have them write the numbers themselves.
  4. Sit down with your young child to do this- they may need some help. With my two year old I asked him what the number was, praised him up and down when he recognized it and helped him if he didn’t. Then I said ” Can you put 1 sticker under the number 1?” ect.. for each number. He needed no other help but fizzled after 4. That’s ok, don’t push it if your child fizzles, praise them for what they did do and trim the card so they see they completed the task. Have realistic expectaitions, more than 4 was a little lofty for my guy!
  5. Count your beautiful numbers as the mood strikes !

Stick It To The Man !

Naptime Creations!
Stickers!

This activity is fun and fast and amazingly low cost too! You would be surprised how long 6 year olds can sit and do this craft- we did it in our after school class for a week straight, I bought pack after pack of these labels!


  1. Gather your materials. You need some adhesive labels, markers, stamps if you have them and glitter if desired.
  2. If you are using a stamp do the stamp first and let dry.
  3. Add color with a marker or if you didn’t use a stamp start drawing with the marker.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Add the sparkle!
  6. Before unleashing these gorgeous custom made stickers on the world be clear about where they are and where they not supposed to be stuck! I have a family heirloom christmas ornament with an ” Allison” sticker on it, it’s been there since 1983, I am pretty sure my parents managed to get the rest of the stickers off the other things I claimed. Learn from me.