Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity

Craft Stick Puzzles – A Rainy Day Kids Activity

We had quite a lot of rainy days this summer holidays. Most of the time we still got out and about, but we had a few indoor days where I found some activities to entertain the kids! I spotted THIS VERSION on Pinterest, and we adapted it to our styles!

Craft Stick Puzzles:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity

I wasn’t sure whether to call these popsicle stick puzzles, or lolly stick puzzles, or craft stick puzzles. What do you call them?!

We started with a roll of pencils, some craft sticks, paper, and a pen:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

You will also need a glue stick, a craft guillotine / scissors, a ruler, a pencil.

Step 1: Choose how many craft sicks you want to use by laying them side by side – we used 14:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Measure a piece of paper to fit the front of the sticks:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Draw a picture onto the paper. I gave my kids a piece each and didn’t give much instruction – I just said it would look good if the colour went up to the edges of the paper:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Little Miss (age 7) drew a space picture, and Cheeky Boy (age 4) drew a lot of scribbles which he says is a spaceship:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Cut the paper up into pieces that will fit onto your craft sticks. I measured them with a ruler and pencil, then cut them with a craft guillotine. Another way to do it is to stick the whole piece of paper across the sticks, then use a craft knife to cut between the sticks – I couldn’t find a sharp craft knife so I went for this method instead:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Glue on the back of each piece of paper then adhere it to a craft stick. Cheeky Boy needed some help to make sure he put enough glue on the paper:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Little Miss was able to do hers by herself:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Once the pieces are all stuck on you can put the sticks back in order. This took a while to work out with Cheeky Boy’s as it was a complicated scribble:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

So we added numbers to his sticks to make it easier to find the right order again – it helps him with number recognition / counting as well. I wrote the numbers along the tops of the sticks, and he had a go at writing them at the bottom:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then the puzzles were finished! They had great fun trying them out, and have showed them to their friends since too. I’d love to try this again in a couple of years to see how their drawing styles have changed:

Craft Stick Puzzles - A Rainy Day Kids Activity at Jennifer Grace Creates

I might make one for myself too!

Do you or your kids like puzzles? I love them and Little Miss likes them as long as they aren’t too hard. Cheeky Boy is normally not interested in them – he’d rather build stuff with bricks!

Bye for now,

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tuesday Pintorials linky party!

4 Comments
  • My kids love puzzle and this is a great idea to make their art work into puzzle. #pintorials

    September 3, 2015 at 10:30 am
  • I love the idea of adding numbers to the puzzle too!
    What a fun activity (both the making and the solving) 🙂
    #Pintorials

    September 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm
  • P.S. How cute are your kids? x

    September 7, 2015 at 7:32 pm
  • super cute idea!

    September 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

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