Teach Children About Measuring with Custom Labels from Blue Bee

When children are learning about measuring, nothing compares to hands-on exploration. This is the perfect time to equip your child with new vocabulary terms and mind-blowing comparative concepts. Before you know it, your little learner will be charging around, measuring everything they can get their hands on!

Blue Bee Printing is the ideal place to create custom labels to help cement new words and knowledge for your child. As you create your measurement toolkit, be sure to think about where you can find space to include the following labels for the concepts you are about to introduce.

Of course, most of your measurement items will be items you already have within your home! Small rulers, tape measures, colorful plastic drinking cups, small paper cups, reusable food containers, a large clock, a food scale, a thermometer, measuring cups, and your pet’s food scooper are all ideal for this process. If you can purchase or create clear graduated cylinders, your child will benefit from this opportunity to clearly visualize comparative concepts.

Once these tools are collected in one place, include your child in the process of sorting them by category; that is, items that measure volume, length, weight, and time should each be in their own pile. This process will open your child’s eyes to the many ways we depend on measuring in our daily lives.

Add to these dry beans, dry corn, rice, wooden blocks, water (with or without food coloring), ice cubes, playtime dough, small stones, cotton balls, and feathers, and you’ll have many weeks’ worth of materials at your disposal.

Label Ideas

Children naturally gravitate toward stickers, so introducing colorful labels as part of their measurement lessons can be a wonderful way to incorporate spelling as well as comparing and contrasting into each lesson. Here are some of our favorite labels that greatly enhance this learning module:

  1. Ruler
  2. Clock
  3. 1 Cup, 2 Cups, 3 Cups, etc.
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Scale
  6. Yard Stick/Meter Stick
  7. Calendar
  8. Larger/Smaller
  9. Taller/Shorter
  10. Wide/Narrow
  11. More Than/Less Than
  12. Same/Different
  13. Colder/Hotter
  14. Heavier/Lighter
  15. Brighter/Darker

Having many of these labels on hand will allow your child to compare items and attach a label once they’ve made their prediction about which is which. Additionally, labels to mark your DIY graduated cylinder may be just the thing for furthering your child’s understanding of either metric or imperial measurements.

Fun Ideas for Measurement Learning

If your child has a favorite toy, whether it’s toy trains, fashion dolls, a dress-up box, or stuffed dinosaurs, you can include their toys in the measurement process. Ask, “How many toy trains long is the walk from your bedroom door to the bathroom? How many stuffed dinosaurs is the T.V. from the couch? How many dolls tall is our dining table?”

At snack time, ask, “How many crackers wide is your snack plate? How many dinosaur noodles long is your fork? How many apple slices tall is your cup?” While generations gone by discouraged children from playing with their food, we now know that food items are wonderful tools for teaching children. Furthermore, children who are comfortable playing with food often turn this interactive skillset into a foundation for cooking delicious meals later on.

Please give your child as many opportunities as possible to engage with measuring. We look forward to seeing what you and your child label together! Happy learning from Blue Bee Printing.

Get Creative in the New Year with Blue Bee Printing

In 2020, as the world of entertainment production was swiftly confined to what each creator could produce within their own homes, the world of animation became the hub of an industry. While video games, online cartoon series, anime series, and Western animated cartoons were already enjoying unprecedented success, there’s no denying that lockdown changed the way content was created even further.

If you are an animator, independent game designer, web cartoon creator, anime artist, or comic strip author, it’s vital that you generate and sustain interest in your characters. Blue Bee’s custom stickers are the ideal way to create your own affordable merchandise to promote your fan base’s favorites!

Children, teens, and young adults all enjoy expressing their interests and personality with stickers. Usually, fans of independent art are eager to share their discovery with their peers; a sticker on a binder, phone case, laptop, or Hydroflask can be the perfect way to generate a conversation about an adorable character design.

All it takes is one peek at this popular Etsy category to see how much revenue can be generated with sales of character stickers. While your fanbase may not yet be large enough to support your ordering sweatshirts, tees, or plush toys, our high-quality stickers are ideal for any creator’s budget.

Our custom sticker services will give you the ability to create any kind of packs you can envision: do you want to sell background sheets along with your characters, allowing fans to create their own scenes? We can do that. Would your fans prefer large, glossy, waterproof stickers? We’re here for you.

Ask your fans online: do they want decals for water bottles, laptops, vehicles, or notebooks? Once you have an idea of how your fans would like to use their character stickers, let us know. We’ll recommend the sticker products that will best suit your needs. Our team has many years of experience with crafting outstanding products that hold up in nearly any application setting!

If you discover that your sticker packs are popular with your fanbase, the next item to consider may be our fully customized greeting cards. While the holidays are nearly a year away, they’ll be here in the blink of an eye. This summer is the perfect time to contact us to kick of production of holiday cards designed with your characters!

When you order with us, we guarantee swift turnaround time on our beautiful greeting cards, which will give you plenty of time to show your fans the entire line on social media. Plan the perfect hashtag for your fans to use as their greeting cards arrive at their door, and you’ll have a seasonal social media uptick at the time of year when a little extra income is probably most important.

Additionally, we can assist you with designing small stickers that can be used as envelope seals. Your endearing characters can then be seen all along their journey through the mail system, generating further interest and increasing familiarity as they go.

Getting Back to Writing Letters: How to Use Custom Stickers with your Pen Pal

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Writing letters can have many benefits. Putting pen to paper is shown to reduce anxiety, improve mental clarity, and sharpen memory. Anything from daily journal entries, a handwritten thank you note, or a birthday card with a short memory written in the margins can create a moment of mental attention. Why not sharpen this skill with practice by seeking out a pen pal? Dozens of free online services will match you with a pen pal. In addition, custom stickers can enhance your letters in many creative ways.

Envelope seals

Nothing fancies up a letter like custom envelope seals. You can use your last initial in a script font, a custom logo, or even a photo of yourself. Your recipient will love the extra touch of breaking the seal as they open your latest correspondence.

Address labels

If you’re going to be mailing to the same pen pal for an extended time, order custom labels printed with their address. Use a modern decorative font for the name and a clean readable font for the address. Your pen pal will be flattered that you decorated their address and you won’t have to look it up every time you write to them. You can also print custom return address labels that can be used for any letter – not just for your pen pals.

Story starters

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a letter is knowing what to say. Use custom stickers as story starters to get the conversation going. Print little questions on them and use them as a jumpstart. ‘What was the most fun you ever had?’ ‘Where did you meet your first love?’ ‘What was the worst job you ever had?’ ‘Where would you live if you could live anywhere?’

Closing labels

How do you end your pen pal letters? Do you write ‘Sincerely?’ ‘Your friend?’ A common pen pal closing is ‘Write back soon.’ Whatever closing you settle on, you can make it special with a custom sticker and then sign your name underneath. You can send a sheet of stickers to your pen pal in your letter so they can share the same closing in their return letter.

Time markers

How often do you plan to write your pen pal? Once a month? Once a week? Help keep on task with custom stickers that signify that this is your letter for that time period. If you’re writing your January letter, start your letter with a January sticker. It will help keep you from missing your letters and your pen pal will be able to keep them organized easily.

Holiday stickers

Decorate your letters with stickers appropriate for the holidays. If it’s close to Valentine’s Day, some hearts and cupids will warm their holiday spirit. If it’s Fourth of July, fireworks and flags are festive additions. This is especially appreciated if you’re writing to a pen pal from another country who isn’t as familiar with American culture. You can describe how you celebrate the holiday and use stickers to illustrate it.

Teaching Kids About Time Management with Custom Magnets

You nag, you beg, and you plead but you just can’t seem to get your kids to manage their own time effectively. With so many distractions, electronics, and activities it can seem impossible to balance it all. Custom magnets can teach kids how to better manage their time on their own and take the pressure off of you.

Daily Tasks:

What do your kids do when they first get up in the morning? Is it a struggle for them to get out the door for school? Most kids need help remembering their homework projects, gym sneakers, lunch bag, face mask, and other supplies, especially now that school doesn’t look exactly like it did prior to the pandemic.

Custom magnets are a great way to create a checklist of common daily tasks. Permanent tasks like brushing teeth, getting dressed, feeding pets, and cleaning up breakfast can be printed as a list. Tasks that vary can be written in dry erase marker on blank lines beneath it, like bringing a musical instrument for band practice or packing a signed permission slip that don’t happen every day. Only after all the tasks are checked off can kids watch TV or play.

Choreboards:

A great character builder for teaching kids responsibility is giving them chores to do around the house. You’ll get far less resistance if they can manage their own time doing it and set their own expectations. If one child’s job is to clean the bathroom, they may get frustrated trying to do it all in one day. Instead, break each room down into manageable sections that can be tackled each day.

Day one, clean mirror; day two, clean sink; day three, clean toilet; day four, clean bathtub; day five, clean floor; day six, empty garbage, and day seven, everything is done! You can stick the magnet on the medicine cabinet and they can check off as they go.

Breaking Down Projects into Pieces:

Most parents groan when their child gets a project assigned at school, knowing that they will end up doing a big chunk of the work. At the beginning of the project, help them break it down into manageable pieces. Use a project magnet to track the tasks and when each needs to be finished. After a few projects, your child will get better at managing projects on their own.

Managing Activities:

How often are your kids cramming for weekly events the night before? Are they prepared for their tutoring session? Have they practiced for dance lessons? Are they scrambling to find their gear each time? Use magnets for each activity with a daily practice reminder for the week and a list of supplies needed.

Goal Setting:

Helping kids set goals is an important life skill. Sit down with them to talk about things they want to accomplish and when. If they want to save up enough money for a new bike by summer, determine how much they will need to earn in addition to their allowance. Help them plan a lemonade stand or other way of raising the funds in addition to household chores. Having a goal magnet visible on the fridge helps kids keep the target in mind so that they’ll continue to work toward their goal.  

Print Custom Holiday Stickers Online with Blue Bee!

It’s coming up on the most wonderful time of the year and we could all use a little holiday cheer! Coming to the end of one of the most stressful years in modern history, let Blue Bee take the anxiety out of the holiday season with custom stickers.

Dress Up Holiday Cards

Do you go all out for your holiday cards every year? You hire a photographer, buy props and matching outfits, spend days choosing the right layout and designing the card, then stick it in a plain envelope and call it a day? Make your cards the talk of the town!

Maybe you bought your holiday cards with the intention of hand-writing a personal note, but the season has gotten busy and you’re running out of time. Custom print a signature sticker with a happy new year message from you and the family.

If you use a photo for your card, use one of your outtakes on your return address label. Your friends will appreciate the teaser and the chance to see your candid side.

Create matching envelope seal stickers so you don’t have to spend hours licking and sealing. Bonus for no paper cuts!

Simplify Your Gift Wrapping

Why stick with plain “To/From” stickers from a big box store when you can order custom stickers with your name preprinted on them? It’ll save you tons of time when you’re wrapping to only have to print the recipient’s name. You can even order a separate set for Santa gifts so your kids will never know!

Don’t spend a fortune on fancy holiday gift bags. You can use plain bags and add your own holiday stickers to decorate them. Your friends will think you’re creative and crafty! It’s easy (and fun) to dress up plain wrapping paper with holiday stickers instead of buying special paper you then would have to store.

Be the Star of the Cookie Exchange

If you’re spending days baking dozens of cookies to share, you don’t have to spend forever on presentation as well. Find some clear containers since your cookies are their own display, and label the top with their name and the recipe.

Other food gifts are always welcomed by teachers, instructors, and coaches. Wrap them in clear cellophane and finish with a Happy Holidays sticker. Dress up mason jars with labels for lids and a holiday ribbon and fill with candy. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

If you like to give wine as gifts or bring to parties, you can customize the bottle with holiday stickers to make them more personal.

Stickers Make It Fun for Kids

Kids love playing with activity books and stickers. Spread some holiday cheer with a basket full of coloring books, crayons, holiday stickers, candies, and treats. Start a trend in your neighborhood by anonymously dropping off a pail of goodies with a sticker that says they’ve been Elf-ed.

While the holidays may look a little different this year, you can preserve your traditions and invent new ones with custom stickers by Blue Bee.

Using Custom Magnets at Home During Distance Learning

Parents all across the country are finding themselves adjusting to the new normal with kids learning from home. Whether remote learning, hybrid, homeschooling, or some combination thereof, custom magnets can help you organize and keep your students on task.

Find a Space

The first step to creating a distance learning environment is to find a space where students can work that’s away from distractions. Ideally they would have a table or desk to sit at in a chair. Working on their bed, on the floor, or on the couch is definitely not conducive to learning. A desk in their room that’s clear of everything but the items they need for school would be a great place. If you have to have them working at the kitchen or dining room table, try to create a divider using a tri-fold board so they can have separation from the rest of the house. Wherever they are, hang a magnetized whiteboard that you can write on and put up your custom magnets.

Create a Schedule

Establishing a routine is key to successful distance learning. Treat the day like a regular school day. Make sure they get up early, eat a good breakfast, prepare all the supplies they’ll need at their seat, get dressed in clothes not pajamas, and start on time. Use custom magnets to create a permanent schedule for daily activities like morning homeroom, core classes, and lunch and snack breaks. Use the whiteboard to fill in rotating specials or alternating block scheduling.

Post Important Logins

Having all your student’s logins in one easy to find place will be a life-saver. Your school’s browser may store the user IDs and passwords, but these can be lost when there’s a software update. Keep all of your IDs and passwords printed on a magnet and posted on your whiteboard where you can easily find it. You can even print QR codes for the websites you need to access regularly.

Keep Contact Emails Together

Staying in touch with the teachers is more important than ever. In addition to your child’s regular teachers, you’ll need to keep handy the contact information of the computer teacher, technology team, or whoever is in charge of equipment. Keep your internet provider’s information handy as well in case of a Wi-Fi failure. Just like you keep a magnet on the refrigerator with emergency contact numbers, keep a magnet on your whiteboard with your school contact emails and numbers.

Show Encouragement

Remember that distance learning is just as hard on the kids as it is for the teachers and parents. Create a set of fun encouraging magnets to change out. You can copy the stickers teachers would use to put on a paper like “A+ Student!” or “Awesome Job!” Or use emojis and happy faces to put a smile on their face. Once you get in the groove, your home will become an ideal remote learning environment.

Welcome Students Back to School with Custom Cards by Blue Bee Printing

The start of the 2020-2021 school year is shaping up to be unlike any ever experienced. Every state has their own guidelines and every district is reacting to them in their own way. Your old classroom setup needs to be changed to fit the new plan in order to keep everyone safe. Custom cards and stickers from Blue Bee Printing can make the start of your school year a welcoming experience.

Remote Learning:

Once you get a list of your students for the year, consider sending them a custom postcard introducing yourself. If your students are doing a virtual classroom, a friendly photo of yourself will be a great introduction so they know whom they’ll be meeting when they log in for the first time. If you have a virtual classroom you can include a QR code for them to scan with their devices that takes them to the site.

Monthly postcards are a great way to stay in touch with your students on the remote path. The students will look forward to getting mail from their teacher, and you can give them a more personal message. Since postcard stamps are cheaper than a letter, you’ll save on the cost of mailing but still give your students a tangible reminder that you’re thinking of them.

In-Person Learning:

Clean doesn’t have to mean visually sterile. Your classroom may have fewer things in it so there is less to keep free of germs, but you can make what you have count. If you’re using Plexiglas barriers, don’t be afraid to decorate them with fun stickers and borders. Use dry erase markers to draw mustaches and silly faces. Some of the new measures in place can be scary for children so the more ways you can make their environment fun, the better.

Since desks will be standing freely, have the kids come up with a new way to decorate them each month. One month you can turn the desks into cars or other vehicles. Another month could be robots. The theme could tie into the lessons and you can use our custom stickers to pull it off.

Classroom routines will be different with the new requirements. You may want to have a few hand sanitizer stations in the room. Having clear signs will help little ones know how to use it properly. You can use printed cards as table tents or affix stickers to the bottle. Students will likely not be sharing classroom materials so encourage them to use our custom labels on each item: glue sticks, rulers, markers, and notebooks.

Social distancing guidelines can be especially difficult for younger children to follow. Help them remember to keep their distance by clearly marking the floor with large stickers six feet apart. You can even use floor stickers to create arrows to help with traffic flow in the hallways.

This fall, you can creatively welcome back your students with custom printing from Blue Bee. You can make your classroom the fun, safe, educational environment you want it to be.

Custom Roll Labels (and more!) to Get Your Business Through Reopening

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This has been a year like no other. The old ways of doing business are out the window. In order to survive, companies need to adapt and change. How you reopen after the shutdown can make or break your business. Make sure you’re prepared for a safe and successful reopening with all the information your customers need. Custom roll labels, banner stands, and postcards from Blue Bee Printing can alert your customers to new guidelines for safe shopping.

Custom Roll Labels

Many of the new health guidelines require a lot of signage. Custom roll stickers and labels can help with some of the adjustments. Some in-store information may need to be temporarily changed many times over. Roll labels allow you to do that quickly and affordably. You can use printed roll labels to send out special offer postcards to the customers you already have. There are a thousand uses for roll labels and stickers!

Custom Stickers (large)

To keep people from touching surfaces like countertops, put red X stickers with “Do Not Touch” labeled. If seating is limited to certain chairs or tables, use red or green stickers to clearly mark where people are permitted to be. If you’ve put up Plexiglas barriers, customers may be tempted to reach onto the other side. Stickers on the glass can remind them to not reach across or around the glass.

Payment methods can benefit from new signage as well. Register stickers can let your customers know if you prefer cashless transactions to minimize the transference of germs. Or if you’re suffering from the national coin shortage, stickers can let people know you accept rolled change. 

Banner Stands

Before your customers enter your store there is a lot of information they need to know. Are you open for business? Can they enter the store? Do you have adjusted hours? How many customers are permitted inside? Can they order over the phone or online and pickup at the store? Are masks required? Don’t alienate your customers by making them have to read small flyers taped to your door. A large, prominent banner stand is the perfect way to announce your new policies to the customers before they enter your business.

Banner stands also make for great portable signage inside the store. They can tell customers where to queue so they stay at a safe distance from your employees. If certain areas of the business are blocked off, banner stands can block them. Their portability means you can move them if you need to or if the guidelines change.

Postcards

If your business has been surviving on delivery or pickup orders, postcards are a great way to let customers know that you’ve reopened. Include a postcard with all orders with your opening information and any specials you’re offering. Or you can direct mail the postcards to your customers. With so many businesses closing permanently, your customers will be glad to hear that you’re still in business.

Blue Bee’s custom printed products will fit any of your reopening needs. We’re here for you and your business.

How to Use Custom Stickers to Create CHEAP Summer Projects

Make your schedule fun!

Stickers can make your calendar or summer schedule fun for you and the whole family. Mark off your vacation with stickers of palm trees or roller coasters. If you spend Fridays at the beach, add stickers of waves. Create a fun honey-do list with stickers on a whiteboard to check off the yardwork each week.  

Create a space for you

Have you been dreaming of a she-shed, man cave, craft nook, or office space? Setting aside someplace for you doesn’t have to be a huge renovation. Use a sheet of plywood covered in contact paper resting across two small bookcases for a desk. Cover cardboard boxes with extra fabric for cheap storage containers and use custom stickers to label them.

Liven up your summer parties

Don’t buy specialty glasses and tableware for summer. Blue Bee stickers adhere perfectly to any surface to make your tableware summer-ready. Create summer-themed stickers with starfish, lemons, or flamingoes and stick on plain glasses and plates. If you want to change it up for the next party, just change your stickers and match your stickers to your party theme.

Projects for Kids

Keeping kids occupied during the summer can be a monumental challenge. A few days into summer break the summer slide starts and the electronics come out. Keep your children engaged with fun custom sticker projects that won’t break the bank.

Create a garden

Gardening with your kids is a very rewarding experience. Teach them about every step of the process. Use household plastic recyclables like coffee cans, laundry detergent bottles, or snack containers to make free planters. Make a compost pile to teach them about fertilizing. Set out containers by your drainpipes to collect rainwater. Use the seeds from fruits and vegetables you eat to show how plants sprout. Blue Bee has weatherproof sticker options you can use to make custom labels for your planters. Your children will have a summer-long project and your kitchen will have fresh produce.

Make greeting cards

Summer can be an isolating time for kids. They’ll miss seeing their friends every day. Help them stay connected and teach them a valuable life skill at the same time. Custom stickers are a fun way to make homemade greeting cards. Kids can add the stickers to the front of the card and write their messages on the inside. Then teach them how to address an envelope themselves. The whole project won’t cost you much more than a stamp!

Custom stickers by Blue Bee are durable, affordable, and high-quality. Your projects with us will last through this summer, next summer, and beyond!

Make Your Own Erin Condren Customized Stickers

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With summer just around the corner, a new school year just over the horizon, and holiday planning ever looming, this is the perfect time of year to sit down with your planner and set brand new goals. Fortunately, long gone are the days when planners had to be drab and stale! Instead, choose to enhance your beautiful 2020 planner! Make your own Erin Condren stickers with Blue Bee Printing, or make your Bullet Journal pop with just-for-you customized stickers.

Today, we’re going to show you how to use the stickers you create. If you’re someone who likes to pepper in a bit of whimsy every day, custom stickers for your planner are a great way to keep yourself organized. Read on for our best DIY planner sticker tips!

1. Use customized stickers for appointments.

This tip is a time-saver, and it can make things like a child’s doctor, dentist, or orthodontist trip a bit more fun. When it’s time to add an upcoming appointment to the calendar, you can show your little one the custom sticker you’ve created just for these events.

2. Keep Yourself Motivated

Most of us aren’t crazy about starting a workout routine, and it can be tough to stick with it for very long. By creating meaningful, pretty stickers congratulating yourself for workouts 25, 50, 75, and 100, you’ll have one more reason to keep this form of self-care going.

3. Create Custom Birthday Stickers

Where there’s a big birthday, there should be a sticker! Celebrate your loved one’s special day with a sticker designed with their birth year and photo, and see their smile as you point out the big day coming up.

This is a lot of fun for pets, as well; perhaps because they don’t have many birthdays with us, it can be rewarding to go all out!

4. Create Work-Related Stickers

Whether your work takes place in a board room or a classroom, stickers can jazz up even the most mundane tasks. Mark meetings, important deadlines, your boss’s birthday, or your employee’s vacation with a custom sticker.

5. Design Your Own Holiday Stickers

Mass-produced holiday stickers are usually cute, but they can’t compare to the fun of creating stickers that remind you of what YOU love best about each holiday. Holiday stickers can also be printed in sheets; what works well for your calendar may also enhance gift boxes, card envelopes, and boxes of handmade treats!

If you require any assistance designing your stickers, please contact us! We love helping our clients create their own planner and calendar stickers.

Thanks for visiting the Blue Bee Printing blog. How do you plan to use your custom Blue Bee Printing stickers in your journal? Do you use Erin Condren, Bullet Journal, or perhaps another system? Let us know in the comments below.