I find sticker books great for keeping the kids entertained – they need concentration to peel the stickers, creativity and generally give you 5 minutes peace! They are easy to have in the car, don’t take up much space and don’t have lots of bits that kids can drop on the floor.
I want to go through my recommendations of which books work really well with minimum fuss and intervention from an adult (i.e. me), so you can enjoy a cup of tea on your own for once!
My review focuses on younger children up to 6 years old, however some of these still have great appeal to older age groups as well. Just go with what they like and you should be laughing.
✨TOP TIP - Remember to peel away the white reverse side if your kids are a bit younger – it means they can peel off the stickers on their own without tearing them or generally getting the hump about not being independent
LEGO, MY FAVOURITE STICKER BOOKS
The lego sticker books are fantastic value for money, you get over 1000 stickers per book and they have a wide variety of different types. They have different themes by page, like Disney Princess animals and castles, meaning that the kids don’t lose interest too quickly, but also provided us with lots of chat while the kids talked me through what they were sticking, who the characters were and what they were doing.
The wide range meant I could buy different ones for each child but as they are the same in terms of sticker quantity and both still be ‘lego’, it minimised arguments about whose is whose and whether one was ‘better’ than the other.
GIANT TICK ALL ROUND ? I will definitely keep buying these!
ALSO GOOD: USBOURNE STICKER BOOK STOCKING FILLERS
Usbourne do a range of sticker books which are good for kids, you can generally find something suited to their particular interests. There are normally great deals on these and you pick them up for around £3-4.
My kids like these but find they can get a bit bored, the general jist is normally just sticking animals to a background and there isn’t much variations between pages.
Personally I think these are therefore great for stocking fillers, especially when you might be travelling to friends and family over the festive period, but like most stocking fillers – don’t expect them to last for ages
BONUS: STICKER BOOKS FOR BOYS: Usbourne Build Your Own Sticker Books
These were a revelation to me – Charlie received one of these for his 5th birthday and sat there the next day, on his own, being quiet, concentrating on doing the whole book! This may happen to other children but I was shocked, he normally always wants us to look at what he is doing, be included etc ? . Each book comprises different characters/items, like monster truck or superheros, which need a variety of stickers adding in order to complete the picture. What Charlie likes about these most is that they feel grown up, you are making quite big characters and he can do it independently to us which helps build his confidence as well.
? STICKER BOOKS I WOULDN’T BUY AGAIN!
I have bought some of the Julia Donaldson sticker books for my kids as they love Gruffalo and all the other characters. However, these are not just pure sticker books and have a variety of activities including spot the difference, dot to dot and pattern matching. These are great if your children are older but generally I found that they were slightly too difficult for the 3-4 group that Gruffalo and friends normally appeals to. My daughter got slightly frustrated while using these, which meant she was super grumpy and turns what is meant to be a fun activity into a bit of a chore for both of us. I wouldn’t both buying until they were much older and then I doubt they will like the characters as much.
Have fun and let me know in the comments if you have any other recommendations for books!!