My son can’t use dot stickers… so I made him this to help!
We started using dot stickers in activities before my youngest was born.
To say he’s grown up with dot stickers would almost be an understatement. But even with all the fun we have around here with dot stickers, it’s taken him the LONGEST of all my kids to figure out how use stickers for activities. So how do you “help” a kiddo learn to use stickers?
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How this name game became a “sticker learning game”
My 29 month old loves to use dot stickers.
His love knows no bounds.
But whenever he uses dot stickers, he just stacks them on top of each other. I didn’t know you could stack stickers THREE SHEETS HIGH but he’s proven that to be possible.
I want him to learn to trace lines with dot stickers so he can start doing some of our favorite activities:
I needed a way to help him visualize where the stickers go. It’s all about taking an abstract idea and making it concrete…
Here’s what I used to “fix” the problem:
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On a big piece of butcher paper, I wrote my son’s name in GIANT letters.
Normally, that’s all I’d need to do for a dot sticker activity (see evidence here) but that doesn’t work for him.
I need to modify this to meet his needs and help him.
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How do you modify a dot sticker activity?
I wanted to give my son “purpose” and clear guidelines for where to place his dot stickers.
Like I mentioned, in the past, he just stacks them up on each other and that is certainly not going to work for this activity.
So I used the Do-A-Dots to give him a place to match the stickers to. A way to help him see how to trace the letters with the dot stickers!
I dotted over each line with a few “dot marks” to make it easy to see where the stickers go.
He loved playing this Name Game!
I should also mention that my toddler does not know any letters or sounds but I picked his name for this activity because names are so important to learn to recognize.
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I’m not asking him to learn to read Matt.
I’m not asking him about the letters in Matt.
But I am trying to help him memorize how Matt looks when written.
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What other skills is he learning here?
This isn’t just about putting some dots on a piece of paper. Here are all the skills my son is learning in this activity:
- Name recognition
- Hand eye coordination
- Fine motor skills
- Independent playing
- Concentration skills
- Sorting (did you see the letters are color coded?)
Name game might seem simple…it’s anything but!
This easy little activity does a whole lot of good and learning for my toddler.
Someday, he’ll be ready for dot sticker activities without the Do-A-Dot guides, but until then…. this worked like a charm!