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Inside: Here are 10 easy popsicle stick activities that toddlers and preschoolers love!
If you’re a teacher, chances are you have a box of popsicle sticks (or craft sticks) buried somewhere in your art supplies cupboard. Parents, you might have a stash of them, too!
They’re so simple yet useful- you could actually probably build just about anything using popsicle sticks.
(Have you seen those people who build giant dollhouses out of them? Now that’s commitment)
This list of activities will inspire you to utilize popsicle sticks for color recognition, fine motor skills, and more.
10 Easy Popsicle Stick Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Shapes – Provide color-coded craft sticks to be arranged in the outline of displayed shapes. (Surviving a Teacher’s Salary)
Fine Motor – Attach small pieces of velcro at the ends of the craft sticks for them to be used as building materials. (Powerful Mothering)
Art – Decorate craft sticks with eyes, a tongue, and lots of fun materials to resemble snakes. (Doing Wood Work)
Art – Construct a fold-able stick fan using brads and paper, adding lots of colors and decorations. (Pink Stripey Socks)
Art – Trace and cut out toddlers’ handprints to attach to a craft stick, creating a flower. (Darice)
Alphabet – Cut slots into a box labelled with letters and provide craft sticks each featuring a letter for preschoolers to match the letters together. (School Time Snippets)
Puzzles – Create miniature puzzles by attaching an image onto craft sticks and cutting them apart to create the puzzle pieces. (Embellish Goods)
Patterning – Toddlers will match the color of the craft stick onto the pattern of the printable provided. (Playdough to Plato)
Science and Nature – Glue layers of craft sticks together to create a box to fill with bird seed. (Mothering with Mindfulness)
Colors – Cut slots into the top of a plastic lid on a container for preschoolers to slide the matching color stick into the spaces. (Mama OT)
And here are some ways I’ve used popsicle sticks in our classroom:
We even use them as tools for mixing paint, such as our 2 Ingredient Puffy Paint!
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