Craft sticks are popsicle sticks that come in different sizes and colors. And you can use them in different ways for hours of fun. The good thing is that they do not create a lot of mess.
But most importantly, you do not need any set up. The more imaginative you are, the better the activities will be.
Luckily for you, we have some ideas how to use craft sticks. We love craft stick activities. They are cheap, hands-on, creative, and you can do hundreds of projects with them. With craft sticks you can try simple math games, do some craft projects, and more.
The best part about craft sticks activities is they offer something for kids of all ages. Let’s have a look.
1. Popsicle Stick Puzzle
We start off with a simple puzzle. You do not have to use this drawing. You can make your own. And you can use as many craft sticks as you wish. Draw something, and then let your kid connect the puzzle pieces.
2. Magic Wand Reading Pointer
Does your kid dream of being in a fairytale? Does he/she love magic? Well, in the past few years, magic-themed cartoons and movies rise up in popularity. They are ascending. So with that in mind, create some beautiful and amazing magic wands.
3. Easy Paper Kite
Time for some outdoor activities. Buying a kite is always an option. But if you want something cheap and easy to make, go for a DIY version. Let’s not forget, kids quickly lose interest. So, your expensive kite might rot in the basement.
4. Craft Stick Farm Animals
As we said before, you can use craft sticks for educational purposes. On today’s menu, farm animals. Time to learn all about chickens, cows, goats, sheep, and so on. Your kid will love hearing about the animals as long as they see them.
5. Popsicle Stick Bracelets
Craft sticks can be decorative as well. You can make hundreds of different bracelets. And wear them all. Blue, red, with some glitter, with rhinestones, the options are limitless. Just let your imagination do the work.
6. Popsicle Stick Sailboat
If you want some water games, Popsicle sticks can get you there. Wood doesn’t sink in water. And because of that, you can navigate and float your boat in the bathtub. Some kids hate spending time in the bathtub. This boat will add fun to the activity and make it more pleasant.
7. Popsicle Stick Matching Game
Here is another educational game you can play with craft sticks. It is the heart and soul of the Montessori education method. This game will help your kids develop their motor skills, sensory play, and learn all about colors. What more can you ask for?
8. Popsicle Stick Weaved Baby Turtles
There are hundreds of accessories you can create with craft sticks. Some are decorative, some serve a purpose, and some are just for playing. These turtles fall in the last category.
9. Popsicle Sticks, Clothespins And Binder Clips Engineering Challenges
There are parents that want to encourage their kids to think about a profession from a young age. And engineering is one of the most popular and higher-paid professions lately. Well, time to try and perform inception on your kid. Plant the idea from young age.
10. Popsicle Stick Harmonica
If your kid loves music and playing instruments, this is the project for you. Unlike traditional instruments, this harmonica doesn’t cost a fortune. Grab an ice cream with your kid, and then craft a harmonica from the sticks. Win-win scenario.
11. Popsicle Stick Plane
We had a boat, and now we go to the air. As with most crafts, this one works wonderful for playing games. Your kid will love flying it around the home. Just be careful not to destroy some sensitive items in the home.
12. Popsicle Stick Frames
What we love the most here is that you can create these crafts with your kids. It is always a better idea to involve the kids. Create some frames together, and then choose the picture you want to place inside. Kids are happier when they are involved in the process.
13. Popsicle Stick Bridge Building
Here is another engineering game, albeit, simpler. Your kid will learn all about stability, balance, statics, and more. And all that from a simple craft stick bridge.
14. Popsicle Stick And Paint Marble Maze
Here is an activity that will really stimulate your kids’ brain. It is one of those brainy games perfectly suitable for smaller children. And because it is fun, kids will love to play. You can teach them to think logically from young age.
15. Popsicle Stick Mini Abacus
We said in the beginning that craft sticks work wonderfully for math games. The abacus is one of those games. The counting frame is a calculating tool that was used in ancient times in Europe, China, and Russia. People used it centuries before the adoption of the written Arabic numeral system. You can use it for the same purpose. Teach your kids some basic math and calculus.
16. Popsicle Stick Catapult
Stem activities prepare your kids for the modern world. In an era where technology, engineering, and science dominate the job market, it is important your kids start thinking about it from a young age. This project is fun, and kids love to play it. And at the same time, they learn a lot about science and engineering. Perfect!
17. Popsicle Stick Chinese Fan
During the hot summer day we desperately need some cooling. Well, let’s take a page from the ancient Chinese times. You can easily create this fan. And then paint it with a Chinese decoration.
18. Popsicle Stick Farm Fence
We had some farm animals made from craft sticks. And now, we create a farm for those animals. Combine the two games to learn about animals with your kids. Come up with a story for each different animal.
19.Popsicle Rope Bridge
We finish off the list with a project that can serve several purposes. The main purpose is to play with toys on top of it. But who knows, some kids might even lie on top of it.
With that in mind, we hope you liked our ideas. There are countless of other projects you can make with craft sticks. We picked some of the more popular and useful. But if you have other ideas, feel free to share them in the comments section.