I came across some foam ice cream and popsicle stickers in Target’s dollar section. They were too cute to pass up. I thought they were perfect for summer and was sure to put them to good use.
**If you can’t find them at Target anymore, it would be simple to cut out similar foam shapes.**
I created pattern cards as one activity using the popsicle stickers. Beforehand, I began both color and shape patterns on cardstock. I then gave J the pattern cards and a bowl of the extra stickers to continue each pattern.
With the ice cream cones, I created different color combinations for him to mimic.
After already creating my pattern cards, I thought it would be really cute to have made multiple dips on each ice cream cone for him to mimic. Opportunity missed on that one!
Btw, J just set the stickers in place so that we could redo the activity again.
I remember making one of these in kindergarten. Ok, honestly my memory doesn’t work that far back but I do remember seeing the one I made in kindergarten.
J’s is not quite as fancy but it served the same purpose and he is just as proud of authoring his very first book. We even added it to his bookshelf and he often picks it out for us to read together!
PREP: I prefolded and stapled the pages together. (My teacher used a hole punch with rings to connect the pages.) I had a sheet of number stickers from an old workbook with both the numbers and objects to count. This made the prep-work simple since all I had to do was pull out one sheet of stickers. I did quickly add some stickers of like objects, cut into strips for him to count (a strip of 3 smiley face stickers, 4 stars, 5 balloons, etc.) and some individual stickers of a group of objects for him to count (a bouquet of flowers, a basket of eggs, etc).
ACTIVITY: We went through and wrote one number on each page. I then gave him the sheet of number stickers and he matched the stickers to the correct page. He then counted the items on each sticker to place on the correct page. We gave his book a title, “J’s Number Book” (genius I know!) and he had his very first book.
We did this activity at home while I fed baby brother. It required very little physical help from me. My job was basically to encourage. This would be a great travel activity.
Yes, I am rather cheap and I tend to save everything. I’m always contemplating what activity we could do with would-be trash.
As J finishes sticker sheets, I often peel the remaining border and stick it on a sheet of paper. It’s saved for some random rainy day… or days spent inside with a colicky (but adorable) baby.
I gave J some dot markers and a border sheet of what had been a set of smiley face stickers. Each empty circle was bordered with a different color. I simply asked J to use the dot markers to fill in each circle with the corresponding color. Simple, yet effective in entertaining while I fed his little brother.
This activity was done with no prep (it seems most of our activities this month are no prep since I’m crazy busy getting ready for a baby).
I cut out the squares while J counted how many we had ( cut out 9 of them). We then numbered them together (and he decided to make a number line with them). I explained to J how to make clovers using a green marker and green circle stickers. I used directional words like left, right and above (or sometimes “on top”) when describing where the stickers should be placed. I also used this activity to practice ordinal numbers (first, second, third).
At first I drew the stem myself and he added the stickers. He counted and told me when I had made enough stems to match the number written on each square. Then he made the stems himself too. I actually didn’t have a lot of stickers left so he also used a green dot marker to create some clovers.
Age attempted: 35 months
Posted in Age Range, Arts and Crafts, Counting, Early Preschool (3-4 years), Holidays and Seasons, Math, Ordinal numbers, St. Patrick's Day, Sticker Activities, Subject, Toddler (2-3 years)
This igloo craft was a lot of fun to make and I think it turned out really cute too!
What you need: blank label stickers (I actually used mailing labels and cut them down to size), construction paper, scissors, glue, black marker
What you do: Have your little one build a wall on the construction paper, using the labels. Once they’re finished, turn the paper over and draw a semi-circle on the back. Either have them cut out along the line, or you do the cutting for them. To create the door, cut out a second semi-circle and have them color a black door, then glue on top of the larger piece. After gluing his igloo together, he added some snow to his picture.
This was honestly supposed to go with a winter unit I was going to do with J… but 3rd trimester exhaustion has set in so the unit didn’t happen. I ended up cutting out the upper and lower case letter I, letting him fill those in with “ice blocks” and decided reinforcement learning was enough this day! J was quite proud of his final work of art.
This idea is from the Frugal Family Fun Blog.
This is another of my beloved sticker activities (gotta love cheap, easy and educational!). J did this on one of our plane trips and it worked beautifully.
Sorry the picture isn't very clear; I was using my iphone on a dark plane
Prep: I created a box chart for J to fill in with the number of columns corresponding to the number of colors I had on a sticker sheet. Since he was charting colors and this was the first time he had ever charted anything, I outlined each box in the correct color. Honestly I think I made it too easy for him with this. I just didn’t want to be stuck on the plane with him getting frustrated by an activity that was too difficult. Sadly I underestimated him!
I gave J the long sheet of smiley face stickers of all different colors and he was throughly focused on charting them. The sticker sheet had different shades of each color, so it was also good practice combining the various shades of purple/green. After he was finished, I had him point out the longest line and the shortest line and explained how this helped us gather information about the stickers (which had the most and the least). We then counted and labeled each bar to see if our deductions were correct. Of course, he didn’t understand it all completely. That’s ok. To me, it’s a matter of introducing words and concepts that we’ll build on as he gets older.
Look through your sticker collection to see what you can chart!
Age Attempted: 32 months