Resist painting using stickers is an easy way to make a simple art project a little more enticing, especially when your kid, like mine, has been protesting, “I don’t want to take art class” every time I suggest we sign up for one. A few well-placed office supply stickers helped us explore a different kind of resistance.
This is a also good activity for using up a lot of time when you are stuck indoors; there can be quite a bit of labor involved in applying and removing all the stickers!!!
Lately, I’ve been trying to limit paint colors to 1 or 2 at a time. This may seem too restrictive to some, but Kiddo loses focus with too many colors because he just wants to make a dab of each color. That may not be the case for other kids. If your kid is so inclined he might use the stickers to create designs or representational pictures. Kiddo is not so inclined. He doesn’t yet think of his art as a means towards representation; he is much more into the action of painting.(Yes, those are the infamous pi’s again. He lives in them!)
You can see Kiddo took my instructions to paint over the stickers very literally. He was avoiding getting paint anywhere else!I recommend using office supply stickers for this since they are 1) cheap; and 2) low tack, so easy to remove (depending on the thickness of the paint applied). We used circles, but it would be fun to experiment with different shapes, too.
I don’t need to give much instruction here: simply spread out a piece of paper and offer up some stickers. Sticking on the stickers can be just as much fun for some kids as the painting part! Maybe even more fun, sometimes?
I am so predictable.
Removing the stickers also worked his fine motor skills! I love sneaking that sort of thing into our play time.
Here’s what it looked like after we removed the stickers:This one he did not want to take off the stickers. I was kind of relieved since he would have wanted me to do most of the work. Look at how tiny those stars are!