In the efforts of slowly cleaning out the cupboards and draws around my place, I am finally fulfilling the crafty desires of past ideas.
This simple craft project (believe me, super simple, I know my limits) was brought back to me last week when I discovered a packet of coloured popsicle sticks that I had purchased last year. It was time to get crafty!
For like 10 minutes anyway.
What you will need:
- Popsicle sticks (I bought a bag with four different colours of sticks in it from a discount store)
- Stanley knife or cutter
- 6×4 Photographs or copies of
- Zip bag to store your puzzles
Line up your popsicle sticks, using the ruler to ensure they are straight.
You might need to fiddle a bit and shuffle the sticks around for the best line up.
I used some family photos I had hanging around but photocopied them so not to cut up the originals.
Cover the photograph to all the edges with glue. I used my finger to get it everywhere because I’m eloquent like that.
Double check the line up of your sticks with that ruler again before you flip your photo.
Stick the picture down and press lightly with your fingers. Leave to dry for as long as possible. Overnight is preferable as not to pull down damp paper when cutting.
Using the cutter, cut down the edges of each stick. I found it easiest to fold up each stick before cutting.
There you have it. Pop your puzzle in the zip lock bag so you can use it on the go. An easy and interesting puzzle to keep the little ones busy at cafes, doctors or any super boring places for kidlets.
Having the different coloured sticks is helpful for creating different puzzles at the same time, to be kept in the same bag.
If your two are anything like mine, it’s probably best to use two separate bags. 4-year-olds and 16-month-olds tackle puzzles very differently…
Do you carry around games and toys in your bag to pull out on occasion?