We like stickers on KiddyCharts *wonder why that is* ;-) However, we have never taken a look at a Sticker Club, so were delighted to be asked to review one based in the US, but offering worldwide subscriptions, Pipsticks.
What is the Pipsticks Sticker Club?
Sticker Clubs weren’t around when my kids were toddlers, but I am pretty sure they would have been biting my arm off to sign up to one. The idea is that you decide which plan suits the sticker-tastic kids in your household, and then you can sign up to receieve a set of stickers every month at home.
The great thing about Pipsticks is that there are a number of options, as you can see, so you can choose what works best with your kids.
In addition, you don’t just get the stickers and nothing to PUT them on…because as we all know, a stickers needs to GO somewhere, and if you are a two year old there are a lot of places that stickers are perfectly entitled to be put:
- Your nose
- Their nose
- The wall
- Your toaster
- Anything with a flat surface
- Their reward charts (if you are lucky)
- Furniture, and
- Sometimes, if you are really lucky, over their mouth, so they don’t keep asking you “why?” ;-)*
Pipsticks actually come with THINGS TO PUT YOUR STICKERS ON:
So once you have decided which package you would like, you aren’t then left wondering whether you have made a slightly dodgy decision and will be regretting this because you will soon find your bedroom walls have been adorned with all manner of pictures of Hello Kitty and Dora. This sticker club has a postcard for your kids to design, and paper for them to stick their new stickers to…
The parcel also includes a lovely note which asks your kids some questions about the stickers; so it isn’t all about the stickers, there is a learning opportunity as well.
Finally, there is also an ideas blog on the site too, to give you some thoughts at to what you might do with your stickers, which is great for those of you out there that are a little craft challenged like me :-D
What did we think of the Sticker Club?
We received the “Pip Taster” pack, which at $15 is pretty good value as you can see….
My kids had a lot of fun exploring the stickers, and created their own artwork:
In addition, there were really taken with the postcard, particularly the idea of creating their own picture which they could then send to a friend, or relative – their Auntie in this case.
We didn’t have a single case of a sticker missing in action; no stickers on mouths or in toasters.
There was a wide variety of different kinds of stickers; a range of colours, shapes, sizes and designs which made it easy for both my children to find something that suited them. My only critisim was that the breadth of designs did mean that it was hard for the kids to come up with a general theme for the stickers, so that they could create a meaningful storyline. However, I think that was just my “adult” worry – they were quite happy creating a “Magicland” where everything seemed to fit in perfectly.
Children of c. 3-5 could easily be entertained for a while with the variety available in the pack; particularly the 3D, puffy stickers, which had a great texture; perfect for little hands that are just exploring the world.
We wish we had had sticker clubs in our day! ;-)
This is a great idea, though for the larger families, with more children, the subscriptions can get a little expensive. However, the $15 taster pack was fine for my two kids, with enough stickers to keep them busy for a wee while, just not enough postcards. You could always take it in turns to use the postcards month on month though. The Quality of the stickers were excellent, with a good variety of designs. They were also easy for little hands to peel off. This is an important consideration when buying for the toddler, as we all know how frustrated little ones can get…. *wails*
This is a great idea for kids under 7; older children are not as keen as stickers. Pipsticks should be commended on a great idea, that they have also been willing to share globally, with the company being able to ship to the US. UK and beyond. There is a $3 extra charge for international orders. Any questions on this, you can contact them directly.
For the £10 ($15) investment monthly, less for a 6 month/12 month committment, this is a good way to keep your kids in stickers which you would probably get for them anyway, just at a higher cost! However, do be aware that you may be peeling stickers off your lapel for a few months after signing up…..
* Please rest assured I am not advocated gagging your kids, it is merely that sometimes, small children get carried away with their sticker-ish-ness.
This is a sponsored review of the Pipsticks Sticker Club, and I have never put a sticker over my kids mouths; though I did once go to a meeting in London with a Disney Princess sticker on my jacket. The gentleman I had the meeting with spent a while looking at my boob, and then asked me what film that was from….the Princess and not the boob, of course….