One thing’s for sure – you certainly won’t have trouble collecting enough popsicle sticks when you have kids around! Popsicle sticks are not only easy to acquire but also quick to paint – from standard food colouring or acrylic paint, anything goes. Here are a couple of ideas for recycling the little suckers into something a little more useful:
- Painted popsicle sticks are the ideal tool for teaching youngsters to count and do math.
- Make a popsicle puzzle by cutting a picture into narrow strips (that match the width of the sticks) and then gluing it on.
- Stack and arrange three or four popsicle sticks on top of one another to create a windmill shape. Stick a pin through the middle and attach it to a dowel to make your very own pinwheels.
- Use four sticks to create a cute photo frame! Once decorated, stick magnets on the back and pop it up on the fridge for friends and family to ooh and aah over.
- Put the sticks to practical use in your herb or vegetable garden, writing the name of the herb on the stick and then planting it alongside the seedling.
- Make popsicle coasters! Place the sticks side by side then place two sticks across and glue it on to hold the entire lot together.
- Let the kiddies make popsicle puppets by decorating the ends of the sticks with eyes and felt.
- Glue popsicle sticks onto a recycled can to make a handy pencil holder.
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