Kids love stickers, and they provide great fine motor opportunities as well. Simply removing the sticker from the sheet allows your child an opportunity to practice that oh so important pincer grasp I am always talking about. For younger children (as young as 12 months), fold the sheet back so the child is able to remove the sticker a little easier, but still working on that pincer grasp. For older children, show them how to bend or fold the sheet
back to remove the sticker. This not only works on their pincer grasp, but also bilateral coordination (using 2 hands together). Allow your child to simply place stickers on a piece of paper, or on different parts of their body (also a great activity to work on learning body parts). For older children, provide your child with their name written in large letters or a simple picture (sun, star, house, etc.) drawn on a piece of paper. Encourage your child to place stickers along the outline of the drawing.
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist