The humble popsicle stick can be transformed into incredibly cool crafts to do with your kids, and all you need is imagination and a few arty bits and pieces to join in the fun. There are marble runs to make and dragonflies to design, and there are even a plethora of bumble bees, ballerinas, and boomerangs which don’t come back but DO explode, which is way cooler! If you’re looking for a fun and interactive popsicle stick craft, give one of these a try.
Craft Stick Farm Animals
Kids can have a whale of a time with these popsicle stick animals which can be made into almost any creature they like by adding buttons, paint, and a few googly eyes.
Popsicle Stick Alligator Math
Make math fun with this awesome idea which uses a popsicle stick crocodile to represent ‘less than’ and ‘greater than’, along with 18 pom poms which they can use for counting.
Easy Popsicle Stick Catapult
Blend playing with learning by making this simple catapult using nothing more than craft sticks, rubber bands, a milk cap, and (the best bit) small items to launch across the room.
Popsicle Stick Dolls
This craft for kids will keep them amused for hours as they create people, pets, and even pirates using sticks, colored markers, and washi tape for clothes, collars, and even animal fur.
Popsicle Stick Exploding Boomerangs
With just a handful of popsicle sticks you can create one or more of these fun ‘exploding boomerangs’, which literally pop apart when they hit their target, and are safe to use indoors.
Popsicle Stick Fairy Door
Help fairies cross from their world to ours by making a sweet painted wooden gate, which can be attached to a tree to help them come through and say hello.
Alphabet Flower Garden
This sweet little activity will provide hours of fun and learning, and uses popsicle sticks, flower stickers, and marker pens to make alphabet flower stems which can be ‘planted’ to spell out words.
Popsicle Stick Monsters
Let the kids’ imaginations run wild by giving them a bunch of colored craft sticks, google eyes, and other bits and pieces and letting them create the scariest monsters they can imagine.
Craft Stick Airplane
Anyone fascinated with old planes will love taking part in this simple but impressive craft project, which turns wooden clothes pins and craft sticks into colorful, classic bi-planes complete with propellers.
Popsicle Stick Led Flashlight
This is a super fun activity to try with the kids, especially if they’re having a sleepover, as with just a few inexpensive items they can create their very own flashlights.
Popsicle Stick Boat
This tutorial is awesome, and it’s great if you have kids of different ages and/or abilities because it shows you how to create three different boats which they can actually use on water.
Popsicle Stick Monster And Unicorns
Whether they’re into magic or monsters, this DIY will show you how they can create unicorns or scarier mythical creatures using popsicle sticks, yarn, googly eyes, and other crafty pieces.
Balancing Popsicle Stick Game
This simple game makes a great rainy day activity that the kids will love, as they load popsicle sticks onto a balance board without it tipping it over.
If they love Star Wars – or even just love glitter – they’ll enjoy making and using these glittery lightsaber bookmarks which need only craft sticks, paint, and a toothpick to add detail to the handle.
Popsicle Stick Weaving Looms
Have the kids practice their fine motor skills as well as having fun by making a loom from craft sticks and string, and letting the little ones weave ribbons in and out.
Encourage them to read more (and not turn down the page corners) by helping them to make these awesome super hero bookmarks using craft sticks, markers, and paint.
This absorbing activity will allow the little ones to create works of art to hang in the playroom or even on the wall, and is a great way to teach them about colors.
Washi Tape Boredom Buster Jars
The long summer break can seem endless when you have kids to entertain, so solve the problem in advance with the boredom buster jar, which is filled with fun activities to keep them occupied.
Popsicle Stock Bird Feeder
Use lots of brightly colored popsicle sticks to make this sweet bird feeder to hang in the garden, which can be filled with seeds and other bird-friendly bites as it hangs from a tree.
These palette coasters are a great craft for kids if they want to make a gift for a parent or teacher, and they look pretty impressive considering they’re made from popsicle sticks.
Popsicle Stick Harmonicas
Imagine a child’s joy when they discover that the craft stick harmonica they have made and decorated can actually be used to play a tune! Follow this guide to find out how.
Craft Stick Crocodile
The problem with a lot of crafts is that once they’re made they can’t really be played with. These adorable crocodiles, however, look brilliant AND can be used in games and roleplay, too.
Craft Stick Wall Hanging
Here’s a kids’ craft idea using popsicle sticks and markers which the whole family can get in on, and it can be turned into a surprisingly impressive piece of wall art.
If you’re helping tots learn to write, this simple idea will help them to put spaces between their words, and they can decorate them themselves so they’re more likely to use them.
Popsicle Stick Dragonfly
How beautiful are these wooden dragonflies? A great activity for kids, these little critters can be made using popsicle sticks and clothes pins, and can be as colorful and glittery as they like.
Popsicle Stick Playing Cards
Card games can keep the whole family entertained for hours, and this tutorial shows you how to make a novel set of cards using jumbo craft sticks and a wood burner or markers.
Popsicle Stick Ballerinas
These wooden ballerinas will enchant little ones as they ‘dress’ them in beautiful paper tutus and dance them around the room, and they could also be adapted to make fairies, too.
Popsicle Stick Vases
Make a vase using a tin can and popsicle sticks by following this step by step guide, and you will end up with a surprisingly rustic-looking gift or decoration for the home.
These cute craft stick kites might not actually fly, but they make beautifully colorful decorations for the house and can be used to boost kids’ imaginations during indoor play, too.
Craft Stick Initial Plaque
These wooden initial plaques are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, and they would make thoughtful gifts for a family member’s bedroom or to welcome a new baby brother or sister.
Wax Paper Lantern
Kids of all ages can join in with making this wax paper lantern, with older children making more elaborate designs and little ones using crayon shavings for a more abstract pattern.
Popsicle Stick Mermaid
If you can get hold of some wavy popsicle sticks, you’ll have the foundation for these super sweet mermaids, which can be dressed in glitter, sequins, and whatever other embellishments you have handy.
Colored popsicle sticks and packing tape are all you will need for this teaching activity, in which kids can learn to replicate patterns and colors, or make up some of their own.
Popsicle Stick Notebook
Older kids and adults will enjoy this project, which uses wooden craft sticks, twine, and colored ink stamps to create a rustic and unique cover for a notebook or journal.
Popsicle Stick Puzzle
This is a great project with repeat entertainment value – first they design and make the puzzle using sticks and markers, and then they jumble it up and put it back together again.
Popsicle Stick Flag
Perfect for Independence Day or just as a patriotic craft, this tutorial shows you how to create the American flag using sticks, paint, and a little bit of glitter and glue.
Everything is more fun when it’s done in color, and that includes counting! This pretty abacus is made using craft sticks, pony beads, and bamboo skewers and is super simple to do.
This craft for kids is genius, and will provide no end of hilarity as they tell stories and make up plays starring themselves; each puppet is fully posable, so the possibilities are endless.
Popsicle Stick Fencing for Pretend Play
Create a colorful farm enclosure for all their farmyard animals by cutting and gluing colored popsicle sticks together as shown, to make the prettiest fence they’ll ever see.
Craft Stick Bracelets
Give the kids a craft to do that is not only fun but will result in wearable jewelry that they can also give as gifts, by molding popsicle sticks into funky bracelets.
Easels And Mini-museum
This is a fab craft for kids to display tiny works of art; the guide not only shows you how to make tiny easels, but also decorative frames from craft paper, too.
Color Matching Xylophone Game
Make a color matching game by creating a ‘xylophone’ out of colored construction paper, and then give tots a bunch of colored craft sticks so they can match them to the xylophone keys.
Popsicle Stick Rainbow
Bright colors and glitter will attract any child’s attention (and many moms’ too), and this project incorporates both as it involves making a popsicle rainbow and a glittery cloud to go with it.
Popsicle Stick Bumble Bee
Populate your home or playroom with cheerful looking bees by painting some wooden sticks with black and yellow paint, and turning them into these adorable fuzzy critters complete with delicate little wings.
How awesome are these articulated snakes? Made from popsicle sticks, they can be decorated any way you (or the kids) want, and then joined together with press studs for easy poseability.
Popsicle Stock Birds
This is a really sweet craft for kids who love birds, although it can be adapted to make other animals too – they can really use their imagination to make the funniest faces.
Popsicle Stick Ballista
Older kids will really enjoy getting stuck into this project, which uses wooden craft sticks to create a real working ballista with a foil head arrow which can actually be fired.
Part crossbow and part slingshot, this fun device will make a great rainy day activity, because once it’s been built it can be used to fire cotton swabs safely at each other indoors.
Velcro Dot Craft Sticks
Little ones will spend many a happy hour playing with these Velcro dot craft sticks, and they’re incredibly easy to make using colored craft sticks and self-adhesive Velcro dots.
Popsicle Stick Frame
Photos and works of art need beautiful frames to display them in, and this craft idea will help kids create brightly colored versions which can be embellished with sparkly jewels and glitter.
This low cost craft for kids will provide them with hours of entertainment, and as they complete each marble run they can build bigger and better ones to keep challenging their skills.
Craft Stick Wreath
Make a wreath with a difference this year by using dip dyed wooden craft sticks and sticking them onto a circular base; there are also suggestions for younger kids to make one, too.
Scooby Doo Popsicle Stick Dolls
Even if you’ve never noticed the colors the characters from Scooby Doo wear, these painted craft sticks are instantly recognizable and make great aids for cartoon-based role play and learning about colors.
Folding Popsicle Stick Fan
Little ladies will love making and using these pretty folding fans, which will allow them to show off their artistic abilities and keep their cool when it’s hot outside.
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