If your children are anything like mine, you’re probably worried that technology is taking over their lives. I usually awake to find my kids watching TV or some days, playing on my iPad (even though they know they aren’t supposed to use it without permission).
While I try and make an effort to keep some of the more traditional values when raising my children, it seems that you just can’t keep children away from this sort of technology. In some ways, I think that iPad’s and other tablet PC’s are made for children. There have been a number of occasions that my youngest daughter has explained how to do something on my iPad that I had no clue was possible (although I’m not the best with technology, I have to admit).
However, I have a theory. My theory is that just because this modern technology exists, it doesn’t mean that children no longer love the more traditional toys/activities. In fact, I think they still love them just as much. I’m talking about board games, playing outside and as the title of this article states; playing with stickers.
Living in a world where you can quite easily buy and “app” for your iPad for a pound or two, low cost activities like stickers usually tend to take a back seat. After all, it’s much easier to simply click that “buy” button while sitting on the sofa, right?
But if, like me, you’d prefer your children not to spend every waking minute utilising some sort of modern technology, I thought I’d talk a little bit about stickers and how you can get your children not only involved with them, but spending hours having fun with them.
Starting A Collection
When I was a child, I used to collect all sorts of things. Admittedly, these things were often quite strange and once, I even remember wanting to collect cats (a collection that managed to amount to just one before my dad quickly stopped the collection from going any further).
I also remember my youngest son collecting stickers. In his case, it was the football stickers (pictured above) that tend to get quite popular around the time of the World Cup. It was a phase of his life that within a year had almost entirely fizzled out, but I know he had hours of fun at school trading and swapping these stickers with his friends.
It’s for this reason that I think collecting stickers can be an amazing hobby for a child. Not only do children seem to love stickers in general, but it creates a great reason for them to interact with other children at school. I’m pretty sure that my son made a number of new friends by swapping these stickers at school as it gave him a reason to interact with people he usually wouldn’t even talk to.
You might be thinking “what if I have a daughter? She doesn’t want football stickers”. If this is the case, don’t worry, I just used the football stickers as an example. There are actually a ton of different stickers out there.
Another thing that I think is great about stickers is that they can give your kids the perfect reason to get creative. I think it was last Christmas that I bought a “create your own stickers” set for my children and after convincing my son that we should play with the sticker making set together rather than him playing on my iPad for another half an hour, it’s safe to say that they had a lot of fun.
Once I got my children involved with making the stickers using the set, they must have spent a good couple of hours playing around doing so. Not only that, but they came up with some pretty inventive creations that to be honest, quite impressed me. In fact, they were better at creating their own stickers than me.
While we were playing with the sticker making kit, I jokingly said to my son “This is loads more fun than playing on my iPad, isn’t it?”, to which he nodded his head. My point proven.
As well as readily available sticker making kits, you can actually also create your owner stickers using various websites. I think a lot of these are aimed towards business customers who want to create serious marketing materials but there are still some websites that are aimed towards children.
Take the website pictured above for example (thestickerfactory.co.uk). This allows you to create customised stickers for your children. There are a range of designs to choose from already, but you can design your own too.
I think websites like this are great for taking drawings your children have done and turning them into cool stickers, although I don’t think they’re as much fun as creating stickers yourself using a kit.
Don’t get me wrong, unlike a lot of parents I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with children utilising modern technology like iPad’s and other electronics devices. For example, my iPad has a number of educational apps on it that my children use regularly and I know have helped them to learn a whole host of things. I just think there’s also a place for the more traditional activities, such as playing with stickers.
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