I punch holes in three or four sticker sheets and make a sticker group. I used to use ribbon, but have now settled for rubber bands which are much easier to manage.
Here are a few ways to sane while dealing with kids and stickers:
- Give them only a few choices. Anybody with kids know that you don't say "What do you want for dinner?" It's better to say, "Would you like Mac & Cheese or Fish Sticks?" (Or in my fantasyland, the cook would say, "Ms. Hidy, would you like the sushi or the steak tonight?") "Would you like the African Animals or the Fairy Stickers?" will be more successful than, "What kind of sticker do you want?" This will invariably be answered with, "I don't know." Followed by you making lots of suggestions, none of which are the right thing. (Which reminds me of my old college roommate who worked as the Recreation Director at a city park. When she gave out things like balls and jump-ropes, the children would invariably say, "No, I don't want that. I want SOMETHING ELSE." Finally in desperation, she learned to hand the child something and say, "THIS is something else.")
- Notice which kids can make a quick choice. If you find that Maya takes five minutes to decide between three stickers, next time just choose one for her.
- Vary the choices. (Animals one week, Pirates the next.)
Kids like to see what their choices are for the week. Something about having them put together in a stack makes it more fun.
Since I see each child only once a week, (except for groups where I don't usually use stickers) I only have to do this at the beginning of the week.
If I'm feeling too lazy to deal with sticker sheets, I rely on the Dover Little Sticker Books.
One of the things I like about them is that they are neat and orderly. You can pull out a little sticker book and then put it back on a shelf or throw a rubber band around a few of them. You can pick three for the week and give the students their choice.
If you're a traveling teacher, they are sturdy and can be transported easily.
I keep a wide variety of stickers handy for "Therapeutic and Diagnostic" uses. These may be different than my "weekly" choices. You can read more about that here.
These are some of my favorites.
Happy Teaching with stickers!