All the colors of the rainbow were well represented this past Wednesday at Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group. The beautiful weather kept attendance to a minimum, but the kids who did join us enjoyed round two of a fun activity we tried last Fall: Stickers!
How much fun can kids have with stickers in basic colors and shapes? A LOT. The fun begins with the selection of stickers and surfaces to apply the stickers to. The combinations are endless – basic colors and shapes take on a new vividness against a stark black background. Try a blend of matte and shimmery stickers on various colored construction paper, or mix and match your textures by using matte stickers on shiny wrapping paper or even tin foil. Try using a blend of stickers and tissue paper with sheer contact paper to get contrasting opacity in your sun-catchers or decorate a glossy card with extra sticker flare.
If you and your kids are limited to what you have in the house, you might have more than you think.
After selecting the materials to be used, the second step is to apply the stickers. Very young children may need extra help peeling the stickers off of the backing, but make sure to let them pull once it’s easier to remove. Pulling is half the fun!
If they are having trouble applying the stickers to the surface, help guide them by pointing or carefully placing a hand on theirs to steady their placements. The skill builds with a little practice. After a few times, they’ll have mastered it for themselves.
Once they have basic applications mastered, you can encourage development of creative skills by helping them build various images with the stickers. The fun of basic shapes is that they can turn into just about anything, so go wild with what you and your kids produce. Start small and work your way into larger and more elaborate pictures.
For slightly older children, one fun game you might try is giving them a limited selection of variously shaped stickers, then having them see how many pictures they can come up with just using those stickers. Can the same stickers used to make a house and a tree also make a rocket ship? How many animals can you make in one picture using one set of stickers? Not only does this encourage a creative thought process, it’s also a nifty way of teaching your kids to get less with more.
Curious at how stickers are produced? Check out this great video from Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made:
Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer, with assistance by Emily Fear.