Collecting Panini Euro 2012 Stickers: Fun For The Whole Family

panini stickers1 Collecting Panini Euro 2012 Stickers: Fun For The Whole Family

As a child and young adult, I loved Panini stickers. They were a perfect combination of things I love including soccer and collecting. As I’ve grown older, though, the love for collecting Panini soccer stickers — whether it’s for World Cup or European Championship tournaments — has remained strong. But now, as a father, I have an even greater new-found appreciation for the incredibly fun and addictive hobby.

On several occasions this past month, I’ve sat down with my three children (aged 8, 5 and 3), and grabbed a box of Panini Euro 2012 stickers. It’s wonderful to watch the sparkle in the eyes of my young children as they open a new sticker pack. Even though they have little to no interest in the tournament, kids love stickers. And they quickly grasped the joy of opening the packs to find “special” stickers — the team crests, images of stadiums, historic black-and-white images and photos of players-in-action. They also enjoyed the quest of trying to complete filling in a whole collector’s album, which is not as easy as it sounds.

If you have children or have a niece or nephew or relative who would enjoy soccer stickers, I thoroughly encourage you to take part in collecting Panini stickers. Heck, if you’re an adult, it’s incredible fun, too. But it’s even more special when children are involved. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. It’s a wonderful family experience. In today’s age of adults and children distracted by gadgets and television, it’s so nice to participate as a family in something that we can all enjoy. Sitting around the table and opening packs together, as well as working as a team to put the stickers in the album, has not only been a fun experience, but it’s a rare moment to have spend some quality family time together.
  2. A reward system. Getting kids to clean their rooms or put their toys away is not easy, but the Panini Euro 2012 stickers this summer have worked incredibly well as a reward for their help around the house.
  3. Learning numbers and counting. I’ve often found that the best way to learn is by having fun, and Panini Euro 2012 stickers are a perfect way to accomplish that. For my 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, both are in different stages of learning numbers and — for my 5-year-old — to learn to count or recognize numbers in the hundreds. Having them help out with the stickers is a great way for them to learn without them even realizing it.
  4. Learning about geography and the rest of the world. My 8-year-old daughter has been particularly interested in learning about other countries from around Europe, and the world, so the sticker album is a perfect way to do this — not only to see the team crests and flags of each country, but to read the different translations of each country’s name at the top and foot of every page, where the words are translated into French, Italian, German, Turkish and other languages. Living in a country with a very poor focus on geography, the Panini Euro 2012 stickers help to open my child’s eyes to the rest of the world that’s out there.
  5. Learning problem-solving skills. If you order a box of Panini Euro 2012 stickers, you’ll receive 50 packs, each containing 7 stickers. It’s a good problem to have, but my 8-year-old daughter was faced with the task of trying to figure out the easiest way to get the 350 stickers in the sticker album. With the order of the stickers all jumbled up, and some containing doubles, she stepped forward to sort all of the stickers into piles of hundreds. After that, she then re-sorted the piles of hundreds into piles of tens, and placed them in chronological order. After doing all of that, putting the stickers in the album was a breeze. It’s not rocket science, but it’s a fun task for an 8-year-old to accomplish, as well as having her instruct her young brother and sister how to help her out.

The lesson to be learned is that collecting Panini Euro 2012 stickers is fun for everyone, no matter how young or old you are. If you live in the United States, I don’t believe the stickers and album are available in stores this summer, but your best bet is to order them online.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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8 Responses to Collecting Panini Euro 2012 Stickers: Fun For The Whole Family

  1. Patrick Starr says:

    i remember doing this for the 1998 world cup. no idea who any of the players back then when i was little.

  2. Harry cee says:

    Where can u find these stickers?

    • Jackie says:

      They sell them on ebay. There are some sellers that sell the boxes and some sellers that let you choose the stickers you need. (to help you complete the album.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Harry, there are a couple of links in the story for places where you can buy the stickers.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  3. harry cee says:

    Thanks! i will go look now. I collect baseball and football cards, so why not stickers…HA!

  4. Andrew C. says:

    Harry,

    You can get them at Target

  5. KC says:

    I’ve been lucky enough to find three people to trade with through EPL Talk. Still looking for more swaps. Anyone else too? Email me at kevendc2 at hotmail dot com.

  6. Will says:

    I’m in Las Vegas. I’m a Brit with a complete Mexico 86 album and have not collected these little beauties since then! My son and I are now hooked on them for Euro 2012 when we saw the stickers and album for sale at Target.

    They now appear sold out everywhere so we got a couple of boxes of stickers for a good price on Ebay. This weekend we will have a large stack of swaps!

    Please feel free to email me if you’d like to swap!

    Cheers!
    Will

    lvsaint76 at yahoo dot com

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