Any kid of the 80s knows the importance of a sticker album.
I had a photo album crammed full of colorful stickers….puffy stickers, scratch-and-sniff stickers….
stickers that yelled, “Awesome!” and “PTL”.
My friends and I would sit down and compare stickers, trade stickers, count our stickers (because the number of stickers one possessed was of utmost importance), and whenever we went to the store we’ check out their supply of stickers to see if they had something to add to our vast collection.
Perhaps sticker albums now aren’t the status symbol they were in the 80s, but they are still fun!
Yesterday I grabbed a few sheets of colored printer paper and cut them in half. Then I folded those halved sheets in half and stapled them together to make a book.
Then I gathered a bunch of stickers and gave them to my kids to put in their sticker albums.
My oldest was particularly excited with this. He spent quite a lot of time combing through the stickers, choosing the ones he wanted, and affixing them to a particular colored page.
Stickers are not only fun, but they can be very educational.
While we looked through them, he was able to recognize familiar objects, ask about certain animals he didn’t recognize, and tell me about the ones he did.
Peeling them off of the paper required small motor skills, and sticking them to the page required eye-hand coordination.
And the whole process was so much fun that he didn’t miss having the TV on at all!
So the next time I go grocery shopping, I’ll be stopping by the sticker isle to check out their selection. I’ll stock pile stickers for those rainy-dreary days when we’re tempted to turn to the TV or a device for entertainment. Instead, I’ll grab a bunch of stickers, and his sticker book (or make a new one), and we’ll have fun with our sticker collections!
It seems “totally awesome” to pass this on to a new generation!
This post is day 4of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.