Spring Snack Bags; A Simple Breakfast Invitation for All
Inside: Spring sticker activity for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
Hold Up! I have the most fun spring activity for kids.
I know you are drowning in stickers. They may be dot stickers, or the latest assortment from the Target Dollar Spot. Regardless of the shape and design, run and grab them now.
The best part of this spring activity?
It works for ALL ages! I had my 22 month old, almost four-year-old, and five-year-old all working together as I prepped breakfast and drank my hot tea.
How is this possible?
I call these activities Breakfast Invitations and you can read more here. Simple setups (less than 5 minutes) that will allow you to wake up without a million requests before your morning coffee. You prep breakfast as they think.
How are stickers helping my child?
You can feel better about all the stickers lying around knowing that stickers are helping strengthen your child’s hands for writing, cutting, and tying their shoes.
Peeling the stickers off, and placing them on the paper, takes hand-eye coordination. This should be practiced in abundance! You can never peel and stick too many stickers. Each movement is helping your child connect their body to their brain.
Here’s what I used for the snack bags!
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My five-year-old’s idea was to get the markers from our playroom to add his own personal touches. Certainly no harm there!
My 22-month-old was just as happy using the dot stickers I laid out for him next to his plate.
Truth be told, I didn’t want to have him pile the cute Easter stickers on top of one another. Instead, I gave him the round circles, and kept the Easter eggs, rainbows, and umbrella stickers for the big guys.
You see, Breakfast Invitations evolve in an organic way.
You want to set something up that allows your children to learn key concepts, along with child-led learning. This way, we are encouraging children to take the lead and think creatively. Remember, Breakfast Invitations also make a great post nap, dinner prep activity as well!
The night before:
Lay out one snack bag for each child. Keep the extras close for when they are finished decorating. Giving too many supplies at one time can be overwhelming which will actually encourage your child to do less rather than more.
Find the seasonal stickers that work best, and cut them into chunks. This way, you can offer a couple sheets to your preschooler they can hold in their hands.
Allow your preschooler and toddler to decorate as they see fit.
Keep your snack bags so you can now use for school lunches and to go snacks!
Now you have snack bags for your next packed lunch or snack on the go!