Create a Craft Stick Puzzle


Ah, the craft stick—that most ubiquitous of art supplies!

Craft sticks have fortified countless cabins, propped up innumerable paper puppets, and provided the framework for frames beyond measure. Their versatility makes them a favorite around these parts. And if you’re really lucky, you can obtain them the old-fashioned way. (By snacking on Popsicles!)

Craft stick puzzles build up patterning and sequencing skills—plus they’re a hit with kids of all ages!

(by Emmeline, age 6)

You’ll need:

  • washable markers
  • craft sticks
  • tape

1. Line your sticks up in a row.

2. Tape the sticks.

You may need some grownup assistance with this step…then again, maybe not!

2. Turn the sticks over. Use the markers to draw anything you’d like.

(by Spencer, age 4)

(by Jake, age 4)

(by Julia, age 6)

3. Peel the tape off the sticks.

4. Mix up the sticks, and put together your puzzle.

You can assemble your own project…
…or exchange your puzzle with a friend!

Happy puzzlin’!

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