Saturday, April 6, 2013

How to Make a Popsicle Stick Puzzle

I have discovered a New Educational Craft, that is Fun! It is call a Popsicle stick puzzles! They are Super easy to make, cheap, and lets not forget a wonderful project that helps your child to develop their thinking skills, motor skills and long term memory.
 

Here are the steps on how to make a Popsicle stick puzzle:

Items needed:

  • Popsicle's
  • tape
  • pencil, markers, crayons, etc.

 

Optional:

  • Glue
  • knife
  • picture
 
1. Give your child several Popsicle sticks and have him or her lay the Popsicle sticks side by side on a flat surface to form a square or rectangle. For example, the child could use their Popsicle sticks to make a raft formation. Be sure the ends of the raft formation are even with each other.
2. Place a piece of masking tape over the top end of the Popsicle sticks. Smooth the tape out as you apply it to the Popsicle sticks, while being sure the sticks stay snug against each other. Place a second piece of masking tape to the bottom end of the Popsicle sticks.
3. Turn the Popsicle square or rectangle over so the front side of the Popsicles face upwards. The masking tape must be down towards the flat surface for this part of the puzzle development.

4. Use a pencil, pen, etc. to draw a picture on all of the Popsicle sticks. Use markers or crayons to color your picture. Be creative and colorful.

5. Flip the puzzle over and remove the pieces of masking tape from backside of puzzle. Throw the pieces of masking tape away once they have been removed from the Popsicle sticks.

Viola! Puzzle Complete!

Now for the Fun


6. Have your child mix up the Popsicle sticks and then have them put the correct puzzle pieces back together in the correct order.


Tips:

  • Depending on the child's age, you can make these puzzles as big or small as you want.
  • Put small number on the backside for younger kids. This will help you remember the order of the pieces.
  • Hide the puzzle pieces around the room and have your child find the pieces, then put the puzzle together.
  • You or your child can also glue a picture to the Popsicle sticks. Once dry, then have an adult use a knife, to cut the Popsicle sticks apart evenly.
 
 
 
 

In other Homeschooling news...

 
It is almost that time of year again. Whether you are a Homeschooling or Roadschooling most of us, depending on your state, have either end of year testing or evaluations to do. Click the link below to learn more.
 
 

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Until Next Time...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1 comment:

Kat said...

Love this! I buy the big boxes of popsicle sticks/craft sticks in different sizes for other craft projects. This will be a fun one! Thanks for sharing! :)