Popsicle Stick Puzzles For Toddlers & Preschoolers
This awesome, fun teaching tool for kids was made by my niece, Breanna Siegel. She has two super smart toddlers ages 1 and 3. (The 3 year old can now read!)
These fast and easy-to-make puzzles are wonderful because they entertain and stimulate your child. They promote skills like problem solving, number recognition, counting, sequencing, language development, and most importantly they are FUN! They are great to keep in your diaper bag or purse as a quiet activity for your child when they are waiting at a restaurant, doctor’s office, etc.
Materials: any picture or photo, large popsicle sticks, Mod Podge, foam brush, tape marker
- Cut out photograph or picture to 4X7 inches
- Lay popsicle sticks side-by-side so that the edges
are touching. Use tape to stick them together,
preventing them from shifting.
- Flip over and evenly coat the top layer with modpodge,
covering all area of the sticks.
- Apply mod-podge to the back side of your
photograph, and gently place it on the popsicle sticks.
Flatten it out and remove any air bubbles.
- Apply another layer of mod-podge on top of the
front side of the picture, and let dry for at least 20
minutes. (The top layer of mod-podge is like a
protective coating applied to prevent photograph paper
- When the glue has completely dried, remove the
tape from the back side and place the puzzle
(photograph down) on a safe cutting surface.
- Use an X-Acto knife or a craft knife and cut the
photo into strips between the popsicle sticks.
Flip over and check to see that your sticks look clean.
If there’s any paper that’s coming off, glue it again.
- Write the numbers 1-10 on the bottom of your
puzzle sticks to help younger children order the puzzle
- Collect all your puzzle pieces together, tie them
with a rubber band or put in a sandwich baggie and
store until play time!
Breanna was special ed teacher and is now stay at home mom who is very crafty and encourages other parents to do crafts and teach their kids as much as possible at home in a way that is fun for their kids!