A great, simple kid craft you can do with your kids is letting them make things with popsicle sticks also known as Popsicle Stick Crafts. All you have to do is go to any local craft store where they sell boxes of what are called “craft sticks” for around two dollars for a box of one thousand. You can also buy colored sticks which cost just a little more and do not need to be painted. While you are there you will also need to pick up white glue or what is called “craft glue” to assemble your projects as well as whatever decorations for them you may decide on.
For younger children, you might want to start out with simple Popsicle Stick Crafts projects such as Christmas picture frames. For this simple, fun craft, you use old Christmas cards as pictures that you frame to make Christmas gifts. Start by gluing one stick across the top and one across the bottom of the picture. Your next layer will go on across on top of these two sticks forming a square. You can try stacking the sticks two high, or you can stagger them to produce a layered look. By adding a little glitter, glitter glue, or some stickers, your child will have made a lovely little framed picture.
These craft sticks can be cut easily with shears making them even more versatile. Using the wider craft sticks, your children can make a gorgeous picket fence “welcome” sign for Mom on Mother’s Day. Simply cut the sticks for them beforehand. Each child will need 7 sticks: 3 regular sticks, 1 that has been cut to a point, 2 cut to go downhill to the left and 2 more to the right. Help them paint all of the sticks white and allow to dry. Glue the cut pieces onto 2 of the regular sticks to form your fence. Have the children paint plant stems of differing heights and leaves on the sticks. Using foam flowers or cardstock punchies, have the children glue a flower to the top of each stem. With a marker the child can write “Welcome” on the final stick. Attach two ribbons to the top of the fence, and tie the ends in a bow. Glue the welcome stick onto the two ribbons. These Popsicle Stick Crafts are so simple, yet they look gorgeous and moms are sure to love them.
We don’t want to forget Dad in our Popsicle Stick Crafts. Making a notepad holder for Dad’s workshop is a very similar process to making a picture frame. Buy or make a 6″ wooden square to use as the backing. Glue sticks around the edge of the board 3-4 sticks deep. Before gluing on the last stick at the top, use a marker to write “World’s Best Dad” on the stick and glue it in place. The finishing touches include gluing a post-it pad in the center of the frame, and attaching a paper clip to the back for a hanger.
As you can see, Popsicle Stick Crafts couldn’t be easier, and you’ll be totally amazed at how nice your creations turn out.