Sticker books - good or evil?? (Boring post)

(16 Posts)
Millionprammiles Tue 14-Jan-14 16:09:46

Dd (20 mths) is obsessed with sticker books. I'm torn between letting her play with them whenever she wants to and thinking she should be doing something more active/challenging. She goes to a great nursery ft so has lots of stimulation etc there. Maybe I should just chill out, so what if she just wants to stick Tomliboo trousers on Iggle Piggle when she's at home. Are they bad for her (they're definitely expensive)?

I'm in danger of turning into one of those parents that thinks everything has to be educational.

WipsGlitter Tue 14-Jan-14 16:11:33

You are overthinking it grin

But there's no harm in it, will probably improve her fine motor skills as well!

weeblueberry Tue 14-Jan-14 16:12:23

Suspect it's a real chill out for her brain.

Even I quite enjoy sticker books every now and then. blush

muppetthecow Tue 14-Jan-14 16:15:14

I personally think they're the work of the devil, but that's because I'm phobic of sticky things because when I was four my idiot sister duct taped my mouth shut. DS1 loves them, but they're mostly a DS and Daddy thing here smile

Millionprammiles Tue 14-Jan-14 16:24:50

Am currently using them as reward/leverage for eating veg, tidying toys, agreeing to nappy change without kung-fu antics. So am trying to hold back on them a bit so they don't lose their value.
Give it a year and it'll be tv instead so it's all relative I suppose.

CrazyOldCatLady Tue 14-Jan-14 17:27:16

Give it a year and it'll still be sticker books, in my experience! DD is 3.6 and stickers are still one of her favourite things. I think they're fine. And I stopped worrying about DS (who's nearly 2) having them once he worked out that they weren't edible...

AliceinWinterWonderland Tue 14-Jan-14 17:30:30

The only reason I don't like stickers is because DS2 puts them all over EVERYTHING. And I get the job of peeling them all off.

LearningAboutBoyStuff Tue 14-Jan-14 17:31:41

DD is 7 she still loves sticker books, no issues with her educational development. And they don't have to be expensive, if you take a look on Amazon etc you can pick them up quite cheaply, especially if you tack the add-on ones onto other orders.

They can actually be really creative if you want them to be.

Coveredinweetabix Tue 14-Jan-14 17:33:22

DD is 4.3 and I was having this exact same worry earlier. She loved them from a year or so after her second birthday then got bored of them & now loves doing them. I think she enjoys them as she can quickly make a nice picture when colouring in or drawing her own picture takes a lot more effort. I either leave her to it and do some housework or, if I feel I should be making more of an effort, we talk about what the picture is about, do some, simple maths based on the picture & all of that usual stuff so have decided that it's fine!

Only1scoop Tue 14-Jan-14 17:34:15

I buy fab ones for dd who is 3 from national very cheap chain store. We only really use them when we go out for lunch etc as a reward for great behavior or to take when travelling.

Paintyfingers Tue 14-Jan-14 17:35:26

Good!

Loads of vocabulary you can learn playing together with sticker books - on, off, hat, ball, pig (depending on what is on stickers). You get my drift!

KlarkyKat Tue 14-Jan-14 17:38:01

Crikey! Never occurred to me to fret over sticker books! I think they're fine smile

Eletheomel Tue 14-Jan-14 19:15:55

You know I hadn't even considered that sticker books could be evil...

I'd let her stick away, I love doing sticker books with DS1 - he always talks about what he's made (he loved the usborne pirate sticker book and even after finishing all the stickers over a weekend he regularly looks through it and talks about the pirates) and what he's going to do - I think they allow for creativity :-)

I'd go with the flow (her 'vice' could be much worse...)

LingDiLong Tue 14-Jan-14 19:29:24

Sticker books are great! Good for their fine motor skills, plus they get to do things like spot patterns or put things in order which is great early maths. And if you're sat with her doing it you're probably chatting away and improving her language development too.

Any kind of play is learning, especially at this age.

Millionprammiles Wed 15-Jan-14 12:49:35

Thanks all, the SBs shall remain. Any tips on where to buy cheap ones on the high st (will check out Amazon, thanks Learning)? Our local pound shop only had pirate ones and the stickers looked a bit scary...
Dd struggles a little bit with tiny stickers so ones with plenty of bigger stickers would be ideal.

LingDiLong Wed 15-Jan-14 13:02:48

Home Bargains and Wilkinsons are both good for sticker books.

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