What’s more fun than stickers??? Making your own lick-and-stick stickers–that’s what! It’s super easy…all you need is some clip art (or magazine cutouts), boiling water, and a box of Jello. And it is TONS cheaper than buying stickers at the store! I used the directions here to create the “adhesive” for the back of the penguin clip-art I printed out and we had so much fun licking and sticking them to our hearts content. This will definitely be an activity we’ll do again and again! I am envisioning letter stickers, number stickers, farm animal stickers, dinosaur stickers…the possibilities are endless!
Here’s what you’ll need: clip-art printed on cardstock (you can download the penguin clipart we used here), 1 T. Jello, 2 T. boiling water, and a paintbrush.
1. Boil a small amount of water. You’ll only need 2 tablespoons for one “batch” of adhesive. Obviously, this is not a step that your child should help with!
2. Mix 1 tablespoon Jello with 2 tablespoons of (boiled) water.
3. Let it cool for just a minute or so and then let your child “paint” it onto the back of your paper printed with clipart.
4. Let it dry for a couple hours until it is no longer wet or sticky to the touch.
5. Cut out the individual stickers.
6. When ready to use, let your little one lick the back of the sticker and stick it on! They happen to taste rather delightful! And they really do adhere well. They will slide a little right at first while still “wet” but once they are dry…they’re stuck for good!
We practiced one-to-one correspondence and number recognition with our penguin stickers today! The possibilities are endless!
Enjoy creating these fun and frugal stickers with your child!