Last month my son decided he no longer needs a nap. I assure you, this kids needs a nap. Perhaps even more so, this mama needs him to take a nap. But trying to reason with a sleep-deprived toddler is akin to herding cats, so instead of trying to force the issue, we’ve implemented quiet time. Reserved for those days when he’s extra-special crazy, the sticker jar has become a lifesaver.
This activity isn’t complicated. Simply allow your child to select a sticker, peel off the backing (assistance may be needed here), and stick it to a sheet of construction paper.
That said, to keep myself more organized and to somewhat control the length of the activity, I created a “sticker board,” by adhering several sheets of construction paper with painter’s tape to a sheet of cardboard.
When my son is done with his creation, he can simply peel off one sheet of paper, we hang it up on our art display,
and he can begin again.
And when he does something too-sweet-for-words, such as sticking a baby turtle up to a mama turtle and declaring, “Mama’s milk!”, my shoulders begin to relax as well. At least for a moment.