In my post about our last plane trip, I mentioned a sticker activity that J did on the plane. It worked perfectly for the trip so I thought I would share.
I had some smiley face stickers in various colors that J has for whatever reason fallen in love with. On a sheet of paper I made 5 large circles using the colors of the stickers I had (purple, red, green, yellow and pink). I gave J the sheet of stickers along with the paper with empty circles and he placed the stickers inside it’s circle match. We then counted the number of stickers inside each circle, which in our case was different for each circle.
This offered practice matching colors, some fine motor practice (peeling the stickers off and placing them in the correct spot on the paper), and then with counting too. It wasn’t too hard for J, which is ideal for plane activities. I like the activities we do to keep him busy, involve my help at times, but also something he could do on his own. Because there was a set goal to be accomplished, it kept him busy until all stickers were transfered. As he’s getting older, TIP: I like our plane activities to have specific goals to encourage him to stay with it longer than he might if left on his own since my offical goal is to keep him occupied and content for the duration of the flight. If he wants to do more stickers afterwards that’s fine, but I know he will at least remain occupied until the end of the activity. Of course this activity doesn’t have to be done on a plane.
You could do the same type of activity while practicing shapes and number recognition too (in fact, there’s a number activity coming up in a future post).
Age: 25 months