Chinese sticker books have been a convenient resource for creating a fun home learning environment in our minority language. Stickers strengthen fine motor skills and encourage creative decoration. In addition, you can prepare literacy activities with stickers in a pinch. Since our native language, English, is naturally more fun and necessary, our stickers are often reserved for Chinese learning.
Benefits of Chinese sticker books
Although sticker activities are generally easy to set up, double checking translations in my Chinese dictionary is very time-consuming because I am not fluent. At one point, I bought English sticker books from the dollar store and wrote all of the Chinese translations! It was great reading and writing practice for me and modeling for my children, but it’s not practical when you’re short on time!
Therefore, I’m grateful for Chinese sticker books! You can use them at home or easily take them to doctor’s office waiting rooms, airplane rides, and restaurants! Here is a comparison of the Chinese sticker books that we own and tips for getting the most use out of them! The ones pictured are in simplified Chinese, but I will link more options, including traditional Chinese books at the end of the article.
Tips for finding the best Chinese sticker books for children
Shopping for sticker books might seem pretty straightforward, but the quality is variable. Some sticker books are so busy and over packed that even I feel overwhelmed! Over the years, the unused sticker books have turned into wasteful clutter. However, the best Chinese sticker books can help with language practice.
Preferred features of Chinese sticker books
- Realistic pictures or photo stickers
- Few stickers per page
- Black, clear Kaiti font
- Clean background behind the print
For younger toddlers, the main skills will be observation and visual discrimination/matching. Children at this age will likely need an adult to help them use the sticker books. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for speaking practice, such as talking about where to put the animal sticker, how it appears, and what is around the animal.
Preschoolers and lower elementary-aged children who are beginning to read can look for familiar Chinese characters and practice reading while searching for stickers!
Other factors to keep in mind
Like with most resources, stickers are not magically going to teach your children Chinese! My daughter has completed dozens of Korean sticker books, and it’s the weakest of her 3 languages. This is only one resource among many that can potentially help garner excitement in learning the minority language.
Personally, I prefer to use sticker books when I need a quick activity for quiet time or something on the go. As much as we enjoy stickers, I believe that 3-dimensional hands-on learning (eg, actual food versus food sticker) is more effective.
If your child is easily distracted by other pages of a sticker book instead of focusing on one page, you can separate the pages and take out new ones when your child seems ready to move forward. Don’t be afraid to deconstruct the book to fit your child’s learning needs!
Comparison of Chinese sticker books for children
1. 阳光宝贝贴贴乐 贴纸书 (4册)
This set of 4 Chinese sticker books are from Taobao. I like this set a lot because the stickers peel easily. Because they are not too sticky, they can be re-positioned if needed. Almost all of the stickers are photos of real objects (eg, fruit, vegetables, animals). The individual numbers makes it easier to find the desired sticker and is also useful for teaching numbers!
The middle of the book has sheets of stickers which I tear out so it’s easier to access the correct page.
Here is an example of a short reading passage followed by sticker matching. There are some cartoon illustrations, but at least the stickers are beautiful and realistic. My complaint is that each page is a different color, and I wish there was a consistent background so that the focus is on the sticker matching and language learning.
One more example of the beautiful photo stickers! My son likes to match them with his beloved Schleich animal toys. On the bottom of this image is another book that has some cartoon stickers.
2. 儿童益智神奇贴纸幼儿全景贴纸书儿童动物汽车数学语言动脑贴贴画 (4册)
This set of Chinese sticker books is also from Taobao, and my son is totally obsessed with them because they have dinosaurs and cars which the other books don’t cover. However, I really dislike the sticker quality because they rip easily. They are also very sticky, so if you accidentally stick it in the wrong spot, you need to use your nail to scrape it off.
Like the prior set, there is a mix of cartoon and real photo stickers, but there are more realistic stickers than the other. In contrast to the prior set, the stickers are organized by page numbers. I have noticed that on some pages, there are not enough stickers to fill up each silhouette! Also, there are random praise stickers (colorful circles below), like “做得好!” and “你真棒!” which I feel are totally unnecessary. The Chinese characters are microscopic and are hardly visible below.
Here’s a peek at the matching activities. These sticker books mainly focus nouns. Different colors are used for the silhouettes instead of outlines. I personally prefer the outlines of the prior set because I noticed that my son was first looking for a matching green, blue, or pink dinosaur.
The following books have shape matching and a maze. The colors are very busy in my opinion, but not as bad as some of our Korean sticker books which are overly pink with a million things on each page!
3. Usborne Chinese sticker books for children
These are by our favorite sticker books! WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I am so sad that these wonderful sticker books are out of print, but thankfully, similar Usborne Chinese sticker books are available on Taobao. Because they are story-based and have beautiful, realistic illustrations with diverse characters, they are by far our favorite sticker books! The stickers are placed within a sentence so that words are learned in context and not isolation.
Take a look at the large size of the font! The downside is that it’s not KaiTi font, so you can’t tell where the stroke begins and ends. But you don’t have to squint to see the Chinese characters! Yay for my aging eyes!
I also love that the Chinese words are right on the sticker! What would make me even happier is if there were stickers of the Chinese characters alone, but I guess that is where our easy DIY sticker activities come into play.
Even after my daughter finished these sticker books, I have kept them because we can still read the story. On the other hand, sticker books that have only nouns on a page are short-term use and will soon be useless. If you know if any sticker books like Usborne or other wonderful series, please share in the comments below!
Other Chinese sticker books for children
- Little Blue Truck Sticker Farm (China Sprout)
- 过节拉 Chinese Festivals (China Sprout)
- 过节拉 International Festivals (China Sprout)
- 爸妈教我贴贴纸 (Taobao)
- Ciaohu activity book and DVD monthly subscription
- 過節拉 Chinese Festivals (China Sprout)
- Little Dreamer Sticker Book (China Sprout)
- More Chinese sticker books in traditional Chinese at Gloria’s Bookstore
Easy DIY sticker learning activities
Tips on how to kids Chinese
- When and How to Introduce Chinese Characters to Kids?
- 5 Basic Tips for Memorizing Chinese Characters
- 10 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read
- Create a Print-Rich Environment with Labels that Promote Literacy
- How I Taught My Child 1000+ Chinese Characters as a Non-Fluent Speaker
- 3 Ways My Child and I Are Learning Mandarin Chinese from Audiobooks
- When Should My Child Learn Hanyu Pinyin?