While name labels are generally thought of as just a simple way to try to stop your child’s belongings from going missing, they can also provide an opportunity to teach your child a few key life skills that will come in handy as they grow up.
Learning To Read
For customers with younger children, name labels can help your child learn to recognise their name as it appears in written form. Seeing their name repeatedly in different places and throughout the day (for example, when they get dressed, get changed, or put on and take off items of clothing such as coats and shoes) can help to boost their familiarity with their name (and letters).
Learning Left From Right
You can request labels printed with text that includes “left” or “right” (or another signifier) and use these labels as a way to help your child learn the difference. Adding these labels to pairs of items that your child uses on a daily basis is a simple way to encourage them to learn the difference and, if you find that your child is struggling to understand, provides a gentle reminder to help them build their confidence in telling their left from their right for themselves.
Labelling your child’s belongings also provides you with an opportunity to teach them the importance of looking after their things – especially in busy shared environments such as the school classroom where everybody will have their own set of similar (if not identical) school uniform and equipment to keep track of. It becomes your child’s responsibility to make sure that they’ve picked up their own clothing and items by checking for the name label that you’ve applied.
Learning To Stay Safe In Emergency Situations
You could also include information on your child’s name labels and teach them to use this information if an emergency should occur. For example, you might add a contact phone number so your child knows how to contact you if they get lost OR you might add medical/allergy information so if your child is alone when a medical emergency occurs they can let the people around them know what is happening.
If you’re looking for a name label that you can use in a variety of ways to help your child learn as they go (AND keep track of all their stuff), we recommend using our Stikins ® name labels. Our Stikins ® name labels are a wonderfully versatile product that can be applied to all kinds of items; made with a super flexible vinyl and an advanced adhesive, Stikins ® can be used to label clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied to the wash care label), onto all kinds of personal items and school equipment, and onto shoes (where we recommend applying them to the side wall or beneath the tongue; if you apply them beneath the heel of the foot, the friction generated as your child moves about will cause the print to disintegrate rapidly).