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Quick and Easy Toddler Activity: Sticker Scenes

Sticker play helps toddlers develop fine motor skills and storytelling.

Like most toddlers, two-year-old Anna is very curious and she likes to explore her world. I have a nice collection of simple activities that help her explore the world that in ways that don’t create chaos! Making a sticker scene is a quick and easy toddler AND big kid activity that all of my kids enjoy. It’s also a great way for kids to work on fine motor and storytelling skills!

Sticker scenes are a low-mess toddler activity that helps kids develop fine motor skills.

Since we had vehicle-themed stickers, we drew some simple roads on a sheet of paper and set Anna free. Anna has just gotten into cars (although she calls them choo-choos), and especially school buses (which she does correctly call buses – do you see the bus she put on her paper?), so these stickers were perfect for her. Johnny kept her company, helping her with some of the trickier stickers and turning this into a nice sibling bonding activity.

Kids can learn a lot while playing with stickers!

Anna wound up adding some drawn details to her page, and Johnny made up a story to go with her picture. It was a great sibling bonding activity that they both enjoyed!

Kids can work together to build a story scene.

Stickers are one of my favorite craft supplies to have on hand. They are great for encouraging kids to write physical letters to friends and families, they encourage storytelling, and they are great ice breakers for shy friends who come visit. They are also very easy to use and not very messy, although I have found that foam stickers can be really hard to get off of furniture and floors! Felt stickers are actually the least likely to cause problems, but they are a little pricey for everyday use.

What are your favorite toddler activities? Many of our favorite toddler activities are in this post, and you can find most of my favorites from other bloggers on my toddler activities Pinterest board!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

21 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Toddler Activity: Sticker Scenes”

  1. almostunschoolers

    Very nice use of stickers! I always had to watch that my toddlers didn’t try to eat them :) A big brother is perfect for helping with that, too.

  2. Love this idea:) I’m always looking for quick and easy toddler activities, and this one definitely fits the bill. I’m looking forward to trying it out this weekend:) As for another easy sticker activity idea: Last night, we gave my 2-year-old daughter some mailing label stickers that arrived to play with, and that provided a good 20 minutes of activity for her (she had fun pretending they were band-aids and putting them on my husband, and then pulling them off, which I don’t think was so fun for him).

  3. My kids loved stickers too and I love how it can turn into a story! I wish I had captured more of their stories via stickers! What a fun and easy learning activity! I love it!

  4. This reminds me that I need to get stickers for my kids! My eldest asked for some :) Your kids are so cute; it’s true these little moments are such bonding moments. I also like stickers because they helped my kids with the pincer grab.

  5. We have done this so many times! This is so simple, but keeps them occupied. Especially, cars, trucks, dinos and dragons and people :)

  6. Elisa | blissfulE

    What a beautiful series of photos! Thanks for the tip about felt stickers not being too hard to get off things. My kids love getting stickers from their music teachers.

    1. Lily’s violin teacher put stickers on her bow to help her see where to play, and she loved that.

      The Usborne stickers are also usually easy to get off – and their sticker books are wonderful, if you can find them in Australia.

  7. We are big sticker fans here too… I remember when my middle boy was a toddler and his ‘big’ 4 year old twin sisters sat patiently trying to teach him how to peel and stick stickers… pity he was only 1 and had no idea! LOL

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