Who knew the popsicle stick could bring such joy. It is one of my favourite things to craft with because there are so many popsicle stick crafts you can make. They are also great to use for kids of all ages because you can easily adjust the craft to suit different ages. I use them in our school lessons as well, there are some cool things you can do to make learning letters and numbers fun.
You can buy popsicle sticks at any Chinese market or the Crazy Store. You get both the coloured and plain ones. The plain ones are nice to get because then you can paint them any colour you want for your craft. You can also get two different sizes, I prefer the wider ones but the thinner ones work better for a lot of the crafts we have done.
When I went over compound words with Jack I use the wider sticks to write the words on. I also used them for Emma to help her identify the words for numbers. We have a tin with them in and they pull them out often to play with them. I have found it always helps to mix up how I teach them kids stuff, they tire of the books very quickly. If I make it a game then they are happier to engage.
We have taken a couple of days off for the holiday. Mainly because my oldest has Hell Week at swimming. He has to be at training twice a day which really disrupts our entire day. So we take school slow and do a few more crafts than normal. I am also trying to “let go” a little more so I put the sticks out with some odds and ends. I let them search Pinterest and make what they wanted to.
These are some of the popsicle stick crafts we made.
Popsicle Stick Crafts
- Popsicle sticks
- Buttons, assorted but try to get some big ones
- Liquid Glue
- Break the sticks in half. Cutting them is pretty tough, we found breaking them easier.
- Stick two halves onto the stem. Let it dry.
- Glue one end of the sticks to the back of a button. Don't forget to add the stem. Let it dry properly and hang them up or prop them up on the window sill.
- Create the frame by gluing two horizontal sticks to two vertical ones.
- Decorate the frame by sticking buttons on opposite sides or all four sides, if you like. We decided not to paint these ones but you can also paint them before sticking the buttons on.
- Glue these in stages unless you have fast sticking glue. So make two V shapes and then connect them using the 5th stick.
These are just a few things we have made using popsicle sticks. We are working on some really cool Christmas crafts using them, some of them are coming out so lovely.