After a couple months of re-runs, I’m finally back at it with a new installment of #favouriteTHINGSfriday!
Melissa & Doug make a bunch of our favourite toys, but their Reusable Sticker Pads are the absolute top of the tops for Cub at 22 months old. Why do we love them so much?
- Affordable: At just $6.99 for a pad with 100s of stickers, you can’t go wrong.
- Portable: I pack up some of the stickers in one of our Colibri reusable pouches and take them with us on outings: there’s always a window handy somewhere. Our sticker pad was the only toy we packed to visit my parents for four weeks. Granted, my Mom has plenty of toys there… but Cub really enjoyed taking over her massive windows! Of course, if you’re at a restaurant or on the plane, kids can use the scenes that come in the pad rather than a window.
- So reusable: Cub’s favourite thing about stickers is Peel-Stick-Repeat. This doesn’t work very well with ordinary stickers and paper, and in our Disney sticker book with supposedly reusable stickers, they lose their sticky after one use. These stickers are more like window clings, so they just keep on sticking.
- Inspiring: This is a toy that inspires imaginative play. I often observe Cub in his own little world with his stickers, moving them about and making sound effects.
- Educational: Our Habitat and Animals pads have been great vocabulary-building toys as Cub points to the animals or vehicles that we name for him. Now, he can name many himself.
- Adaptable: These stickers are great for toddlers, but I think older school-aged kids would enjoy them too. They can create more elaborate scenes and even learn about things like perspective, since different-sized and different-angled stickers (especially with the vehicles) can be placed to create a more realistic scene. I also imagine having fun using window markers to customize scenes built with these stickers.
- Compact: Rather than having dozens of plastic cars and animals scattered around the house, these 1-dimensional stickers pack up flat and can be kept up off the floor as long as you don’t mind semi-permanent window decoration!
We purchased both of our Melissa & Dough Reusable Sticker Pads at Well.ca (affiliate link).